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First Line: Ariste! Soon to sojourn with the crowd
Last Line: Who only names to praise, who only speaks to please.
Subject(s): Comfort; Farewell; Love; Man-woman Relationships; Sonnet (as Literary Form); Parting; Male-female Relations

ARISTE! soon to sojourn with the crowd,
In soul abstracted must thy minstrel go;
Mix in the giddy, fond, fantastic show,
Mix with the gay, the envious, and the proud.
I go: but still my soul remains with thee,
Still will the eye of fancy paint thy charms,
Still, lovely maid, thy imaged form I see,
And every pulse will vibrate with alarms,
When scandal spreads abroad her odious tale,
When envy at a rival's beauty sighs,
When rancour prompts the female tongue to rail,
And rage and malice fire the gamester's eyes,
I turn my wearied soul to her for ease,
Who only names to praise, who only speaks to please.

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