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    The Gift

    by Oliver Goldsmith
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    TO IRIS, IN BOW STREET, CONVENT GARDEN

    SAY, cruel IRIS, pretty rake,
    Dear mercenary beauty,
    What annual offering shall I make,
    Expressive of my duty?

    My heart, a victim to thine eyes, 5
    Should I at once deliver,
    Say, would the angry fair one prize
    The gift, who slights the giver?

    A bill, a jewel, watch, or toy,
    My rivals give--and let 'em; 10
    If gems, or gold, impart a joy,
    I'll give them--when I get 'em.

    I'll give--but not the full-blown rose,
    Or rose-bud more in fashion;
    Such short-liv'd offerings but disclose 15
    A transitory passion.

    I'll give thee something yet unpaid,
    Not less sincere, than civil:
    I'll give thee--Ah! too charming maid,
    I'll give thee--To the devil. 20

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