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1 BEHOLD, my Amanda, yon prodigal rose,
2 Flinging forth all its sweets to each zephyr that blows,
3 While each breeze steals some odour or soft tint away,
4 And next sun may destroy what has pleas'd us to-day;
5 Of beauty so lavish, the too selfish eye
6 Leaves the flow'ret, tho' blooming, to droop and to die.
7 Not so that sweet bud, where fond nature bestows
8 Each promise of fragrance that flaunts in the rose;
9 With a blush seems to think she can veil every charm,
10 And artlessly deems not those blushes can harm;
11 While, with delicate prudence, it steals on the sight,
12 And comes forth as if frighten'd of giving delight!


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Title (in Source Edition): BEHOLD, MY AMANDA.
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Blamire, Susanna, 1747-1794. The Poetical Works of Miss Susanna Blamire “The 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, p. 241.  (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [42.256].)

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