Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, SONG: YE VIRGIN POWERS, by ? TAYLOR (1685-)

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SONG: YE VIRGIN POWERS, by            
First Line: Ye virgin powers, defend my heart / from amorous looks and smiles
Last Line: The soonest are betray'd.

Ye virgin powers, defend my heart
From amorous looks and smiles,
From saucy Love, or nicer Art,
Which most our sex beguiles:

From sighs and vows, from awful fears
That do to Pity move,
From speaking silence, and from tears,
Those springs that water Love.

But if through Passion I grow blind,
Let Honour be my guide,
And where frail nature seems inclin'd,
There fix a guard of Pride.

A heart whose flames are seen though pure,
Needs every virtue's aid,
And those who think themselves secure,
The soonest are betray'd.

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