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First Line: Oh, anne! Your offences to me have been grievous
Last Line: Be false, my sweet anne, when I cease to adore you!
Alternate Author Name(s): Byron, Lord; Byron, 6th Baron
Subject(s): Houson, Anne; Love - Complaints


OH, Anne! your offences to me have been grievous;
I thought from my wrath no atonement could save you;
But woman is made to command and deceive us --
I look'd in your face, and I almost forgave you.

I vow'd I could ne'er for a moment respect you,
Yet thought that a day's separation was long:
When we met, I determined again to suspect you --
Your smile soon convinced me suspicion was wrong.

I swore, in a transport of young indignation,
With fervent contempt evermore to disdain you:
I saw you -- my anger became admiration;
And now, all my wish, all my hope 's to regain you.

With beauty like yours, oh, how vain the contention,
Thus lowly I sue for forgiveness before you; --
At once to conclude such a fruitless dissension,
Be false, my sweet Anne, when I cease to adore you!





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