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On FLORELLA's Birth-Day.

1 THE Queen of Love, and PALLAS once, 'tis said,
2 Had both agreed to form a finish'd Maid:
3 Upon a noted Day they flew to Earth,
4 A Day still noted by FLORELLA's Birth:
5 Both Deities employ'd their utmost Care,
6 To make their darling Lady wise and fair:
7 This gave her Beauty, that a sprightly Wit,
8 Which render'd Soul and Body justly fit:
9 But MERCURY, that nimble-winged Thief,
10 Who loves his Joke, as dearly as his Life,
11 Down from Olympus to his Sisters flew,
12 When just to Life their little Embryo grew;
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13 And pour'd a little Folly in her Breast;
14 A little Folly leaven'd all the rest:
15 Hence 'tis, she's sometimes sprightly, sometimes dull;
16 And sometimes witty, sometimes quite a Fool;
17 Scarce foolish now, nor witty, sprightly neither;
18 But sprightly, witty, foolish, all together.


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Title (in Source Edition): On FLORELLA's Birth-Day.
Author: Stephen Duck
Themes: birthday
Genres: heroic couplet; occasional poem

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Duck, Stephen, 1705-1756. Poems on several occasions: By Stephen Duck. London: printed for the author, 1736, pp. 171-172. xl,334,[2]p. ; 4⁰. (ESTC T90234; OTA K073280.000)

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