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To a Lady at Bath.

1 Flavia, since Conquest is your Aim,
2 I'll point you out the Way;
3 And give you an unerring Scheme
4 For universal Sway.
5 Since Nature gave a Form so fair,
6 Why will you practise Art?
7 Which serves too oft to shew the Snare,
8 And warn the heedless Heart.
9 Those Eyes could never fail to kill;
10 But lose their Force by too much Skill.
11 Learn then to captivate the Age,
12 From beauteous, unaffected
* The Honourable Mrs. Page.


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Title (in Source Edition): To a Lady at Bath.
Author: Mary Barber
Themes: beauty
Genres: address
References: DMI 11354

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Barber, Mary, ca. 1690-1757. Poems on Several Occasions [poems only]. London: Printed for C. Rivington, at the Bible and Crown in St. Paul's Church-Yard, 1735, p. 47. lx, 290,[14]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T42623; DMI 519; Foxon p. 45)

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