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ON A FAN

1 NOW I've painted these flowers, say what can I do,
2 To render them worthy acceptance from you?
3 I know of no sybil, whose wonderful art
4 Could to them superior virtues impart,
5 Who, of magical influence wonders could tell,
6 And, who over each blossom could mutter a spell.
7 You only the humbler enchantments can prove,
8 That arise from esteem, from respect, and from love:
9 With such I assail you, and pow'rful the charm,
10 When applied to a heart sympathetic and warm;
11 To a heart such as that, which, if right I divine,
12 O C—ll—n—n! dwells in that bosom of thine.
             Nov. 10, 1795.

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Elegies and Other Small Poems, by Matilda Betham. Ipswich: Printed by W. Burrell, and sold by Longman, Paternoster-Row, and Jermyn and Forster, Ipswich, 1797, p. [56].  (ESTC T143264)

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