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To my Lady CARTERET.

1 TOo great your Power, and too soft my Breast:
2 The charming Inspiration to resist:
3 But Oh in what bold Strain shall I begin,
4 To breathe th' unusual Potent Instinct in?
5 Such pleasing looks, in midst of Spring, adorn
6 The Flowry Fields; so smiles the Beauteous Morn:
7 But, What are these dull Metaphors to you?
8 Or, What is all, my Fancy has in view?
9 A Form more fine, more accurately wrought,
10 Was ne'r conceiv'd by a Poetick Thought?
11 So mild your eyes, so beautiful and bright,
12 That lovelier eyes did ne'r salute the Light;
13 With such a gentle look, and such an air;
14 So lovely, so exceeding sweet, and fair,
15 To us, the Heavenly Messengers appear:
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16 Whilst Man too feeble for their bright extreams,
17 With such soft Smiles as yours they'r forc't to allay their Beams.


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Title (in Source Edition): To my Lady CARTERET.
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. 14-15. [24],72,69,[11]p.; 8⁰ (ESTC R7317; OTA A57734)

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