UPON A YOUNG LADY BEING DISAPPOINTED
by: Thomas Brown
Caledon has all the charms
- That can engage the fair;
- A tongue that every heart disarms,
- A soft bewitching air.
- But see what fate attends a drone!
- He loves what he takes,
- And when the fortress is his own
- His victory forsakes.
- At her expense this fatal truth
- Melissa late did prove,
- Neither her beauty nor her youth
- Could long secure his love:
- The lavish hero fired too fast,
- So vain was his ambition,
- That when three poor attacks were past,
- He wanted ammunition.
- Were it inconstancy alone,
- Art might the youth reclaim;
- But when love's vital oil is gone,
- What can revive the flame?
- Ye Gods, by whom my hopes are curst,
- Once grant me what I pray,
- Give Caledon less heat at first,
- Or better Funds to pay.
POEMS BY THOMAS BROWN
"Upon a Young Lady Being Disappointed"
is reprinted from Poetica Erotica. Ed. T.R. Smith. New
York: Crown Publishers, 1921.