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1 I Can't, Celinda, say, I love,
2 But rather I adore,
3 When with transported eyes I view,
4 Your shining merits o're.
5 A fame so spotless and serene.
6 A vertue so refin'd;
7 And thoughts as great, as e're was yet
8 Graspt by a female mind.
9 There love and honour drest, in all,
10 Their genuin charms appear,
11 And with a pleasing force at once
12 They conquer and indear.
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13 Celestial flames are scarce more bright,
14 Than those your worth inspires,
15 So Angels love and so they burn
16 In just such holy fires.
17 Then let's my dear Celinda thus
18 Blest in our selves contemn
19 The treacherous and deluding Arts,
20 Of those base things call'd men.


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Title (in Source Edition): TO CELINDA.
Themes: love
Genres: 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. 27-28. [24],72,69,[11]p.; 8⁰ (ESTC R7317; OTA A57734)

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