William Horsley
(1774 - 1858)

I know you false
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Published London, 1815.
Lyrics: Amelia Opie

I know you false, I know you vain,
Yet still I cannot break my chain.
Though with those lips, so sweetly smiling,
Thoses eyes, so bright and so beguiling,
On ev'ry youth by turns you smile,
And ev'ry youth by turns beguile.
Yet still enchant and still deceive me;
Do all things, fatal fair, ... but leave me.
Still let me in those sparkling eyes
Trace all your feelings as they rise;
Still from those lips, in crimson swelling,
Which seem of soft delight the dwelling,
Catch tones of sweetness, which the soul
In fetters ever new control.
Nor let my starts of passion grieve thee;
Tho' death to stay, 'twere death to leave thee.