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First Line: Chloe, behold! Again I bow
Last Line: Fall to again by seeing others eat.
Subject(s): Courtship


CHLOE, behold! again I bow,
Again possess'd, again I woo;
From my heat hath taken fire
Damas, noble youth, and fries:
Gazing with one of mine eyes,
Damas, half of me, expires.
Chloe, behold! Our fate's the same,
Or make me cinders too, or quench his flame.

I'd not be king, unless there sate
Less lords that shar'd with me in state;
Who by their cheaper coronets know
What glories from my diadem flow:
Its use and rate values the gem,
Pearls in their shells have no esteem;
And I being sun within thy sphere,
'Tis my chief beauty thinner lights shine there

The us'rer heaps unto his store
By seeing others praise it more;
Who not for gain or want doth covet,
But 'cause another loves doth love it:
Thus gluttons, cloy'd, afresh invite
Their gusts from some new appetite,
And after cloth remov'd and meat,
Fall to again by seeing others eat.





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