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In Answer to Consolatory Verses wrote by a Friend.

1 WITH Ease Advice to virtuous Woe we give,
2 But ah! how few by Stoick Rules can live?
3 Virtue distrest in melting Verse appears;
4 Beauteous in Misery, and adorn'd in Tears.
5 But in the World 'tis view'd with other Eyes;
6 Virtue in Rags is Beauty in Disguise;
7 And can no more Contempt and Scorn disarm,
8 Then a fair Face behind a Masque can charm.
9 Whatever Gifts we may to Nature owe,
10 Success is all our Merit here below.
11 By Fortune favour'd Fools may rise to Fame;
12 Without it Virtue is an empty Name.


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Title (in Source Edition): In Answer to Consolatory Verses wrote by a Friend.
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Lennox, Charlotte, ca. 1729-1804. Poems on Several Occasions. Written by a Young Lady. London: printed for, and sold by S. Paterson, 1747, p. 85. [8],88p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T139692; OTA K110146.000)

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