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Knowing her but by Report.

1 'T Were both unjust and stupid to refuse
2 To so much Worth, the Tribute of my Muse;
3 Tho Saints, as well, may those Bright Forms express,
4 That in a Rapture they conceive of Bliss;
5 As I can give such Wondrous Charms their due,
6 Or, Dress in Words, my Brighter Thoughts of You:
7 Charming, and Gay, your Fair Idea seems
8 As Gay, as if compos'd of Love and Beams;
9 Such Heavenly Rays adorn your Lovely Eyes,
10 That, by Imagination, they surprize,
11 And, at your Feet, a Female Victim lies:
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12 But how, Fair Nymph, will your Approaches Fire,
13 If Distant Charms such gentle thoughts inspire.


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Title (in Source Edition): TO Mrs. MARY FRIEND; Knowing her but by Report.
Themes: beauty
Genres: heroic couplet; address

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Rowe, Elizabeth Singer, 1674-1737. Poems on several occasions. Written by Philomela. London: Printed for John Dunton at the Raven in Jewen-street, 1696, pp. 7-8. [24],72,69,[11]p.; 8⁰ (ESTC R7317; OTA A57734)

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