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THE CAUTION, by            
First Line: Soft kisses may be innocent
Last Line: Who for small favours sighs in vain.


Soft kisses may be innocent,
But ah! too easy maid, beware;
Though that is all thy kindness meant,
'Tis love's delusive fatal snare.

No virgin e'er at first design'd
Through all the maze of love to stray;
But each new path allures her mind,
Till, wandering on, she lose her way.

'Tis easy ere set out to stay;
But who the useful art can teach,
When sliding down a steepy way,
To stop, before the end we reach?

Keep ever something in thy power
Beyond what would thy honour stain;
He will not dare to aim at more,
Who for small favours sighs in vain.





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