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SONG TO THE GOD OF FOND DESIRE, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: One day the god of fond desire
Last Line: "you drag him at your chariot-wheels."
Subject(s): Love; Pride; Self-esteem; Self-respect


One day the God of fond desire,
On mischief bent, to Damon said,
"Why not disclose your tender fire,
Not own it to the lovely maid!"

The shepherd mark'd his treacherous art,
And, softly sighing, thus replied:
"'Tis true, you have subdued my heart,
But shall not triumph o'er my pride.

The slave, in private only bears
Your bondage, who his love conceals;
But when his passion he declares,
You drag him at your chariot-wheels."





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