Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, TO CHLORIS, by EDMUND WALLER

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TO CHLORIS, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Chloris, yourself you so excel
Last Line: But of his voice, the boy had mourned.
Variant Title(s): To A Lady In Retirement;to A Lady Singing
Subject(s): Love; Singing & Singers; Songs

CHLORIS, yourself you so excel,
When you vouchsafe to breathe my thought,
That like a spirit, with this spell
Of my own teaching I am caught.

That eagle's fate and mine is one,
Which, on the shaft that made him die,
Espied a feather of his own,
Wherewith he wont to soar so high.

Had Echo, with so sweet a grace,
Narcissus' loud complaints returned;
Not for reflection of his face,
But of his voice, the boy had mourned.

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