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First Line: This votive pledge of fond esteem
Last Line: But not thy hapless fate the same.
Alternate Author Name(s): Byron, Lord; Byron, 6th Baron
Subject(s): Camoens, Luiz De (1524-1580); Mnemonics


THIS votive pledge of fond esteem,
Perhaps, dear girl! for me thou 'lt prize;
It sings of Love's enchanting dream,
A theme we never can despise.

Who blames it but the envious fool,
The old and disappointed maid;
Or pupil of the prudish school,
In single sorrow doom'd to fade?

Then read, dear girl! with feeling read,
For thou wilt ne'er be one of those;
To thee in vain I shall not plead
In pity for the poet's woes.

He was in sooth a genuine bard,
His was no faint fictitious flame;
Like his, may love be thy reward,
But not thy hapless fate the same.





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