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First Line: Fair amoret is gone astray
Last Line: She is the thing that she despises.
Variant Title(s): A Hue And Cry After Fair Amoret
Subject(s): Hypocrisy


FAIR Amoret is gone astray!
Pursue and seek her, every lover!
I'll tell the signs by which you may
The wandering shepherdess discover.

Coquet and coy at once her air,
Both studied, though both seem neglected:
Careless she is, with artful care;
Affecting to seem unaffected.

With skill, her eyes dart every glance;
Yet change so soon, you'd ne'er suspect them:
For she'd persuade, they wound by chance;
Though certain aim and art direct them.

She likes herself, yet others hates
For that which in herself she prizes,
And, while she laughs at them, forgets
She is the thing that she despises.





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