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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. The Book of Georgian Verse. 1909.

O Memory! Thou Fond Deceiver

Oliver Goldsmith (1730–1774)

O MEMORY! thou fond deceiver,

Still importunate and vain,

To former joys recurring ever,

And turning all the past to pain;

Thou, like the world, the oppress’d oppressing,

Thy smiles increase the wretch’s woe;

And he who wants each other blessing

In thee must ever find a foe.