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1 FROM all her fair loquacious kind,
2 So different is my Rosalind,
3 That not one accent can I gain
4 To crown my hopes, or sooth my pain.
5 Ye lovers, who can construe sighs,
6 And are the interpreters of eyes,
7 To language all her looks translate,
8 And in her gestures read my fate.
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9 And if in them you chance to find
10 Ought that is gentle, ought that's kind,
11 Adieu mean hopes of being great,
12 And all the littleness of state.
13 All thoughts of grandeur I'll despise,
14 Which from dependence take their rise;
15 To serve her shall be my employ,
16 And love's sweet agony my joy.


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Title (in Source Edition): The SILENT FAIR. BALLAD V.
Themes: love; virtue
Genres: ballad metre

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Smart, Christopher, 1722-1771. Poems on several occasions: By Christopher Smart, A. M. Fellow of Pembroke-Hall, Cambridge. London: printed for the author, by W. Strahan; and sold by J. Newbery, at the Bible and Sun, in St. Paul’s Church-Yard, MDCCLII., 1752, pp. 202-203. [16],230p.,plates; 4⁰. (ESTC T42626; OTA K041581.000) (Page images digitized from microfilm of a copy in the Bodleian Library [2799 d 134].)

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