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First Line: Yes, I will love then, I will love
Last Line: For from the body can they fly?
Alternate Author Name(s): Anakreon; Anacreontea
Subject(s): Duels

YES, I will love then, I will love,
I will not now Love's Rebel prove.
Though I was once his Enemy;
Though ill-advis'd and stubborn I,
Did to the Combate him defy.
An Helmet, Spear, and mighty shield,
Like some new Ajax I did wield.
Love in one hand his Bow did take,
In th' other hand a Dart did shake.
But yet in vain the Dart did throw,
In vain he often drew the Bow.
So well my Armour did resist,
So oft by flight the blow I mist.
But when I thought all Danger past,
His Quiver empti'd quit at last,
Instead of Arrow, or of Dart,
He shot Himself into my Heart.
The Living and the Killing Arrow
Ran through the Skin, the Flesh, the Blood,
And broke the Bones, and scorcht the Marrow,
No Trench or Work of Life withstood.
In vain I now the Walls maintain,
I set out Guards and Scouts in vain,
Since th' En'my does within remain.
In vain a Breastplate now I wear,
Since in my Breast the Foe I bear.
In vain my Feet their swiftness try;
For from the Body can they fly?

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