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

Pleasure! Why Thus Desert the Heart

Walter Savage Landor (1775–1864)

PLEASURE! why thus desert the heart

In its spring-tide?

I could have seen her, I could part,

And but have sigh’d!

O’er every youthful charm to stray,

To gaze, to touch …

Pleasure! why take so much away,

Or give so much!