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First Line: If I urge my kind desires
Last Line: Never lived or loved to die.
Subject(s): Love Unrequited

IF I urge my kind desires,
She unkind doth them reject;
Women's hearts are painted fires
To deceive them that affect.
I alone love's fires include;
She alone doth them delude.

She hath often vowed her love;
But, alas! no fruit I find.
That her fires are false I prove,
Yet in her no fault I find:
I was thus unhappy born,
And ordained to be her scorn.

Yet if human care or pain,
May the heavenly order change,
She will hate her own disdain
And repent she was so strange:
For a truer heart than I,
Never lived or loved to die.

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