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1 THE diamond's and the ruby's blaze
2 Disputes the palm with Beauty's queen:
3 Not Beauty's queen commands such praise,
4 Devoid of virtue if she's seen.
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5 But the soft tear in Pity's eye
6 Outshines the diamond's brightest beams;
7 But the sweet blush of Modesty
8 More beauteous than the ruby seems.


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Title (in Source Edition): TRUE BEAUTY.
Author: James Fordyce
Genres: epigram
References: DMI 31651

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Pearch, G. A collection of poems in four volumes. By several hands. Vol. I. [The second edition]. London: printed for G. Pearch, 1770, pp. 281-282. 4v. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T116245; DMI 1122; OTA K093079.001) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [(OC) 280 o.788].)

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