Sir Charles Sedley

Here you will find the Poem To Chloris of poet Sir Charles Sedley

To Chloris

AH, Chloris! that I now could sit 
   As unconcern'd as when 
Your infant beauty could beget 
   No pleasure, nor no pain! 
When I the dawn used to admire, 
   And praised the coming day, 
I little thought the growing fire 
   Must take my rest away. 

Your charms in harmless childhood lay 
   Like metals in the mine; 
Age from no face took more away 
   Than youth conceal'd in thine. 
But as your charms insensibly 
   To their perfection prest, 
Fond love as unperceived did fly, 
   And in my bosom rest. 

My passion with your beauty grew, 
   And Cupid at my heart, 
Still as his mother favour'd you, 
   Threw a new flaming dart: 
Each gloried in their wanton part; 
   To make a lover, he 
Employ'd the utmost of his art-- 
   To make a beauty, she.