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TO ELLEN; IMITATED FROM CATULLUS, by                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh! Might I kiss those eyes of fire
Last Line: Could I desist? -- ah! Never -- never!
Alternate Author Name(s): Byron, Lord; Byron, 6th Baron
Variant Title(s): Imitated Fron Catullus
Subject(s): Desire

OH! might I kiss those eyes of fire,
A million scarce would quench desire:
Still would I steep my lips in bliss,
And well an age on every kiss;
Nor then my soul should sated be,
Still would I kiss and cling to thee:
Nought should my kiss from thine dissever;
Still would we kiss, and kiss for ever,
E'en though the numbers did exceed
The yellow harvest's countless seed.
To part would be a vain endeavour:
Could I desist? -- ah! never -- never!

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