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1 THE Rose, I own, has many a charm
2 To win the partial eye;
3 Her sweets remain to glad the sense
4 E'en when her colours fly:
5 Just so good humour charms the heart,
6 After a face once fair
7 Parts with its bloom, and withering time
8 Has planted wrinkles there.
9 But should I ask from beauty's store
10 A tint to gain the heart,
11 It should not be the blooming tinge
12 Which looks so like to art.
13 No; spread along the downy cheek
14 The tender Lily fair,
15 And soon the eye shall teach the heart
16 To find an interest there.
17 The bending form, the drooping head,
18 Shall dwell upon the mind,
19 And ever round the feelings strong
20 Some soft affection wind.
21 So Flora, once in pensive mood,
22 Pronounc'd the fix'd decree,
23 When passing many a flaunting flower,
24 She dropped a tear o'er thee;
25 "Others," said she, "may charm the eye,
26 And fancied joys impart;
27 But thou shalt learn the secret way
28 That wins into the heart.
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29 Within thy bell this pearl shall rest,
30 Which seems a lucid tear,
31 The only gem that Pity loves
32 To tremble in her ear.
33 Then let Health make the blooming Rose
34 The favourite of her bower; β€”
35 The eye may woo the flow'ret gay,
36 The heart shall own thy power.


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Title (in Source Edition): THE LILY'S TRIUMPH OVER THE ROSE.
Genres: narrative verse

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Blamire, Susanna, 1747-1794. The Poetical Works of Miss Susanna Blamire β€œThe muse of Cumberland.” Now for the first time collected by Henry Lonsdale, M.D. with a preface, memoir, and notes by Patrick Maxwell, ... Edinburgh: John Menzies, 61 Princes Street; R. Tyas, London; D. Robertson, Glasgow; and C. Thurnam, Carlisle. MDCCCXLII., 1842, pp. 54-55.  (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [42.256].)

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