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First Line: Phillis, we not grieve that nature
Last Line: But in hopes to make him kind.
Subject(s): Love - Nature Of


PHILLIS, we not grieve that Nature,
Forming you, has done her part;
And in every single feature
Shew'd the utmost of her art.

But in this it is pretended
That a mighty grievance lies,
That your heart should be defended,
Whilst you wound us with your eyes.

Love's a senseless inclination,
Where no mercy's to be found;
But is just, where kind compassion
Gives us balm to heal the wound.

Persians, paying solemn duty,
To the rising sun inclin'd,
Never would adore his beauty,
But in hopes to make him kind.





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