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Thursday, 5 June 2014

Epigram by Matthew James Chapman

I asked thee for a lock of hair;
Twas given, – then taken back from me;
Caprice but made thee seem more fair,
In vain I struggle to be free.

Think not by frowns to check my love, –
By scorn to set thy captive free;
For even frowns thy charms improve,
And scorn looks beautiful in thee.

From: Chapman, M. J., Barbadoes, and Other Poems, 1833, James Fraser: London, p. 159.

Date: 1833

By: Matthew James Chapman (1796-1865)