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The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

Charles Rivière Dufresny (1657–1724)

The Avaricious Shepherdess


PHILLIS, somewhat hard by nature,

Would not an advantage miss:

She asked Damon—greedy creature!—

Thirty sheep for one small kiss.

Lovely Phillis, on the morrow,

Cannot her advantage keep:

She gives Damon, to her sorrow,

Thirty kisses for one sheep.

On the morrow grown more tender,

Phillis, ah! has come to this:

Thirty sheep she will surrender

For a single loving kiss.

Now another day is over,

Damon sheep and dog might get

For the kiss which he—the rover!

Gave for nothing to Lizette.