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To the Honourable Mrs. E— Stretchy.

1 THe Artful hand of Nature ne'r display'd
2 More skill, then when your Charming Self was made:
3 A Shape, a Face, and Meen so rare, that we
4 Think you her boasted Master-piece to be;
5 Whilst that Bright Soul that Heaven has plac't within,
6 Makes every Charm with double-lustre shine:
7 But since I on my Lyre can touch no String,
8 Equal to those great Merits, I would Sing,
9 Hopeless, to give such mighty Charms their due,
10 I'll leave the World to Brighter Thoughts of you.


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Title (in Source Edition): To the Honourable Mrs. E— Stretchy.
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, p. 17. [24],72,69,[11]p.; 8⁰ (ESTC R7317; OTA A57734)

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