Fond Philander (Maurice Greene)
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First published: 1762 Clio and Euterpe, or, British Harmony
Description: Probably written for performance at the London pleasure gardens.
Original text and translations
As fond Philander in the pit
By fair Ophelia sat,
A card by some sly gallery wit
Was dropp'd upon his hat.
The nymph observing snatch'd it thence,
But blushing at the sight,
Confess'd it had explain'd her sense,
And brought her love to light.
The swain, perceiving her chang'd look,
With sudden rapture starts,
The card with sweet compulsion took,
And found it king of hearts.
"The king of hearts, O fortune bless'd,
were it but such" he cried,
"You reign already in my breast"
She lovingly replied.