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To a LADY.

'Tis but by way of Simile. PRIOR.
1 DEAR Madam, did you never gaze,
2 Thro' Optic-glass, on rotten Cheese?
3 There, Madam, did you ne'er perceive
4 A Crowd of dwarfish Creatures live?
5 The little Things, elate with Pride,
6 Strut to and fro, from Side to Side:
7 In tiny Pomp, and pertly vain,
8 Lords of their pleasing Orb, they reign;
9 And, fill'd with harden'd Curds and Cream,
10 Think the whole Dairy made for them.
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11 SO Men, conceited Lords of all,
12 Walk proudly o'er this pendent Ball,
13 Fond of their little Spot below,
14 Nor greater Beings care to know;
15 But think, those Worlds, which deck the Skies,
16 Were only form'd to please their Eyes.


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Title (in Source Edition): On MITES. To a LADY.
Author: Stephen Duck
Themes: humour
Genres: satire

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Duck, Stephen, 1705-1756. Poems on several occasions: By Stephen Duck. London: printed for the author, 1736, pp. 160-161. xl,334,[2]p. ; 4⁰. (ESTC T90234; OTA K073280.000)

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