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First Line: While on those lovely looks I gaze
Last Line: The vanquished die with pleasure.
Alternate Author Name(s): Rochester, 2d Earl Of
Subject(s): Desire; Love


While on those lovely looks I gaze
To see a wretch pursuing,
In raptures of a blest amaze,
His pleasing, happy ruin,
'Tis not for pity that I move:
His fate is too aspiring
Whose heart, broke with a load of love,
Dies wishing and admiring.

But if this murder you'd forgo,
Your slave from death removing,
Let me your art of charming know,
Or learn you mine of loving.
But whether life or death betide,
In love 'tis equal measure:
The victor lives with empty pride,
The vanquished die with pleasure.





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