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Poem by Stephen Duck


The Absent Lover


ALEXIS,walkinginthePark,
MetCHLOE,justbefore'twasdark:
Heask'daKiss,norshedeny'd;
Idon'tknowwhattheydidbeside:
But,asaChild,inThought,chewso'er
TheSweetmeats,whichheeatbefore;
SoinhisMindALEXISkeeps
ThedearImpressionofherLips:
Hefeltitallthefoll'wingDay,
AtNightindulg'ditatthePlay;
Oneling'ringActhemusingstay'd,
ButknewnotwhattheActorssaid;
HethoughttheParkinDrury-lane,
Believ'dtheNymphappear'dagain;
HeseemstoviewhersnowyNeck,
HerrubyLip,androsyCheek,
HergracefulSmiles,andsparklingEyes,
HerpantingBosomfallandrise:
Andnowheclasp'dherinhisArms,
('TwasallimaginaryCharms)
When,risingtotheHeightofBliss,
HisLipsessay'dtotakeaKiss;
AnOrange-wenchtrodonhisFoot;
Andscreaming,"WillyouhavesomeFruit?"
Surpriz'd,hedroptthepleasingTheme,
AndfoundhisJoysawakingDream;
Heswore,andwept,andkick'dtheWench,
ForgothisHat,andlefttheBench.



                      Stephen Duck


Stephen Duck's other poems:
  1. Chloe's Conquest
  2. On Music
  3. A Pastoral Elegy
  4. The Answer


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