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First Line: When lovely woman stoops to folly
Last Line: And wring his bosom is -- to die.
Variant Title(s): On Woman;woman;stanzas On Woman
Subject(s): Unfaithfulness; Infidelity; Adultery; Inconstancy


WHEN lovely woman stoops to folly,
And finds too late that men betray,
What charm can soothe her melancholy?
What art can wash her tears away?

The only art her guilt to cover,
To hide her shame from ev'ry eye,
To give repentance to her lover,
And wring his bosom is -- to die.





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