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Alarms

Is one of those poetical words often employed, especially in sonnets, madrigals, odes, and the like productions of the small workers in poetry, where it chimes to charms, or arms; as strife to wife, pleasure to treasure, and other the like station'd rhimes. It seems to express the state of a heart agitated by desires and fears: but now, when one says, I feel the tenderest alarms; it only means, “You have doubtless heard it said, that love is never without anxious desire, founded upon an old-fashioned maxim, that this passion is a state of torment and disquietude, and very apt to take alarms at a shadow: you would then dislike too tranquil a lover; and since you must have find words to please you, what can be finer than these: I feel the tenderest alarms.” And no doubt the nymph must be very ill-natured if she does not employ herself instantly to calm them.