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First Line: How blest was the created state
Last Line: You love me for the frailer part.
Alternate Author Name(s): Rochester, 2d Earl Of
Subject(s): Bible; Love; Religion; Theology

How blest was the created state
Of man and woman, ere they fell,
Compared to our unhappy fate:
We need not fear another hell.

Naked beneath cool shades they lay;
Enjoyment waited on desire;
Each member did their wills obey,
Nor could a wish set pleasure higher.

But we, poor slaves to hope and fear,
Are never of our joys secure;
They lessen still as they draw near,
And none but dull delights endure.

Then, Chloris, while I duly pay
The nobler tribute of my heart,
Be not you so severe to say
You love me for the frailer part.

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