A nymph and a swain to Apollo once prayed, The swain had been jilted, the nymph been betrayed: Their intent was to try if his oracle knew E'er a nymph that was chaste, or a swain that was true. Apollo was mute, and had like t'have been [posed]1, But sagely at length he this secret disclosed: "He alone won't betray in whom none will confide: And the nymph may be chaste that has never been tried."
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Confirmed with The Best Plays of the Old Dramatists. William Congreve., Unexpurgated Edition, London : Vizetelly & Co., 1888, page 245.1 Eccles: "pos'd"
- by William Congreve (1670 - 1729), "Song", appears in Love for Love, Act II, Scene 3 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by John Eccles (1668 - 1735), "A nymph and a swain", from the a play - incidental music Love for Love [ sung text checked 1 time]
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