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ADDRESSED BY THE KHALIF ALMOKTAFI LIAMRILLAH
TO A LADY, WHO PRETENDED A PASSION FOR
HIM IN HIS OLD AGE.
THOUGH such unbounded love you swear,
’Tis only art I see:
Can I believe that one so fair
Should ever doat on me?
Say that you hate, and freely show
That Age displeases Youth;
And I may love you, when I know
That you can tell the truth.
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