Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE DECLAIMER, by HENRY BAKER

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THE DECLAIMER, by            
First Line: Woman! Thoughtless, giddy creature
Last Line: Kneeled and whined at celia's feet.
Subject(s): Love; Unfaithfulness; Vanity; Women; Infidelity; Adultery; Inconstancy

WOMAN! thoughtless, giddy creature,
Laughing, idle, flutt'ring thing:
Most uncertain work of nature,
Still, like fancy, on the wing.

Slave to ev'ry changing passion,
Loving, hating, in extreme:
Fond of ev'ry foolish fashion,
And, at best, a pleasing dream.

Lovely-trifle! dear-illusion!
Conquering-weakness! wished-for-pain!
Man's chief glory and confusion,
Of all vanity most vain!

Thus, deriding beauty's power,
Bevil called it all a cheat;
But in less than half an hour
Kneeled and whined at Celia's feet.

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