Amhurst, Nicholas (1697-1742). The Test of Love: To a Friend Who Fancied Himself in Love. [from Poems on Several Occasions]. London: Empty, 1723.
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The soul may sicken while the body is sound
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How does this Tyrant lord it in thy Mind?
What Symptoms of his Empire do'st thou find?
Do'st thou within perceive the growing Wound?
Does thy Soul sicken, while thy Body's sound?
Does in thy Thought some blooming Beauty reign,
Whose strong Idea mingles Joy with Pain?
When she appears before thee, does she spread
O'er thy pale, fading Cheeks a sudden Red?
Press her soft Lips, or touch her lillied Hand,
Does thy Heart flutter, does thy Breast expand?
If but her Name is mention'd, does it fire
Thy Pulses with a quick and fierce Desire?
Does every Glance, like Jove's vindictive Flame,
Shoot through thy Veins, and kindle all thy Frame?
From hence a real Passion you may prove,
For he, who wants these Symptoms, does not love.
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