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BALLAD TO A SPANISH TUNE, CALLED 'FOLIAS', by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Cease t' exaggerate your anguish
Last Line: As thou wilt he dies, or lives.
Subject(s): Gout; Pain; Love Complaints


CEASE t' exaggerate your anguish,
Ye, who for the gout complain!
Lovers, that in absence languish,
Only know, indeed, what's pain.


If the choice were in my power,
Sooner much the rack I'd choose,
Than, for th' short space of an hour,
My dear Stella's sight to lose.


Sometimes fear, sometimes desire,
Seize (by cruel turns) my heart;
Now a frost, and then a fire
('Las!) I feel in every part.


Horrid change of pains! O leave me,
With my death else end your spight!
Absence doth as much bereave me
As death can, of her lov'd sight.


Thus (dear Stella) thy poor lover
His unlucky fate bemoans;
Whilst his parting soul does hover
'Bout his lips: wing'd by sad groans.


Yet thou may'st from death reprive him;
Love such power to Stella gives:
With thy sight thou canst revive him;
As thou wilt he dies, or lives.

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