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First Line: When delia on the plain appears
Last Line: Tell me, my heart, if this be love.
Alternate Author Name(s): Lyttleton Of Frankley, 1st Baron; George, First Lord Of Lyttleton
Variant Title(s): Tell Me, My Heart, If This Be Love
Subject(s): Innocence; Love; Love - Beginnings


WHEN Delia on the plain appears,
Awed by a thousand tender fears,
I would approach, but dare not move; --
Tell me, my heart, if this be love.
Whene'er she speaks, my ravished ear
No other voice than hers can hear;
No other wit but hers approve; --
Tell me, my heart, if this be love.
When she is absent, I no more
Delight in all that pleased before,
The clearest spring, the shadiest grove; --
Tell me, my heart, if this be love.
When fond of power, of beauty vain,
Her nets she spread for every swain,
I strove to hate, but vainly strove; --
Tell me, my heart, if this be love.




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