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BALLAD TO THE TUNE OF 'FRANCKLIN'S IS FLED AWAY', by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Alas! Long since I knew
Last Line: Look on my grief.
Subject(s): Love Complaints


I

ALAS! long since I knew
What would betide;
My hopes ne'er yet spoke true,
My fears ne'er lied:
False tales to please my heart,
Those tell; those bring me smart,
But still the truth th' impart,
Ne'er flatt'ring me.

II

Yet I was apt to hear
Good news though made;
And still would chide my fear,
When it gainsaid;
This made me entertain
Thoughts which now prove most vain,
Believing what so fain
I'd have had true.

III

I fancied that thy mind
Was fix'd on me;
But ('las!) my love I find
Contemn'd by thee:
'Cause I'd not fear before
(Fond man!) I must therefore
Despair now evermore;
Sad is my chance.

IV

But since thy kindness had
Part in my fault,
I know thou wilt be sad
To see me caught;
And, if thou'lt not allow
Thy love, the next best now
Is, that with pity thou
Look on my grief.





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