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Give Me Leave to Rail at You

 Give me leave to rail at you, -
I ask nothing but my due:
To call you false, and then to say
You shall not keep my heart a day.
But alas! against my will I must be your captive still.
Ah! be kinder, then, for I Cannot change, and would not die.
Kindness has resistless charms; All besides but weakly move; Fiercest anger it disarms, And clips the wings of flying love.
Beauty does the heart invade, Kindness only can persuade; It gilds the lover's servile chain, And makes the slave grow pleased again.

by John Wilmot
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