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The Wit and the Beau.

1 STrephon, whose Person ev'ry Grace
2 Was careful to adorn;
3 Thought, by the Beauties of his Face,
4 In Silvia's Love to find a place,
5 And wonder'd at her Scorn.
6 With Bows, and Smiles he did his Part.
7 But Oh! 'twas all in vain:
8 A Youth less Fine, a Youth of Art
9 Had talk'd himself into her Heart,
10 And wou'd not out again.
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11 Strephon with change of Habits press'd,
12 And urg'd her to admire;
13 His Love alone the Other dress'd,
14 As Verse, or Prose became it best,
15 And mov'd her soft Desire.
16 This found, his courtship Strephon ends,
17 Or makes it to his Glass;
18 There, in himself now seeks amends,
19 Convinc'd, that where a Wit pretends,
20 A Beau is but an Ass.


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Title (in Source Edition): The Wit and the Beau.
Themes: sex; relations between the sexes; manners
Genres: satire
References: DMI 6220

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Winchilsea, Anne Kingsmill Finch, Countess of, 1661-1720. Miscellany poems, on several occasions: Written by the Right Honble Anne, Countess of Winchilsea. London: printed for J. B. and sold by Benj. Tooke, William Taylor, and James Round, 1713, pp. 131-132. [8],390p. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T94539; Foxon pp. 274-5; OTA K076314.000) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Buxton 100].)

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