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Francis T. Palgrave, ed. (1824–1897). The Golden Treasury.  1875.
 
O. Goldsmith
 
CXXXVIII. "When lovely woman stoops to folly"
 
WHEN lovely woman stoops to folly, 
And finds too late that men betray, 
What charm can soothe her melancholy, 
What art can wash her guilt away? 
  
The only art her guilt to cover,         5
To hide her shame from every eye, 
To give repentance to her lover 
And wring his bosom, is—to die. 
 
 
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