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John Cunningham (Джон Каннингем)

The Warning

Young Colin once courted Myrtilla the prude,
If he sigh'd or look'd tender, she cry'd he was rude;
Though he begg'd with devotion, some ease for his pain,
The shepherd got nothing but frowns and disdain:
Fatigu'd with her folly, his suit he gave o'er,
And vow'd that no female should fetter him more.

He strove with all caution to 'scape from the net,
But Chloe soon caught him,—a finish'd coquet!
She glanc'd to his glances, she sigh'd to his sighs,
And flatter'd his hopes—in the language of eyes.
Alas for poor Colin! when put to the test,
Himself and his passion prov'd both but her jest.

By the critical third he was fix'd in the snare;
By Fanny—gay, young, unaffected, and fair;
When she found he had merit, and love took his part,
She dally'd no longer—but yielded her heart.
With joy they submitted to Hymen's decree,
And now are as happy—as happy can be.

As the rosebud of beauty soon sickens and fades,
The prude and coquet are two slighted old maids;
Now their sweets are all wasted,—too late they repent,
For transports untasted, for moments misspent!
Ye virgins take warning, improve by my plan,
And fix the fond youth when you prudently can.

John Cunningham's other poems:
  1. The Respite
  2. Palemon
  3. Anacreon: Ode 19
  4. A Man to My Mind
  5. A Landscape

Poems of another poets with the same name (Стихотворения других поэтов с таким же названием):

  • George Meredith (Джордж Мередит) The Warning ("We have seen mighty men ballooning high")
  • Henry Longfellow (Генри Лонгфелло) The Warning ("Beware! The Israelite of old, who tore")

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