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Stella and Flavia.

1 Stella and Flavia, ev'ry Hour,
2 Unnumber'd Hearts surprize:
3 In Stella's Soul lies all her Pow'r,
4 And Flavia's, in her Eyes.
5 More boundless Flavia's Conquests are,
6 And Stella's more confin'd:
7 All can discern a Face that's fair,
8 But few a lovely Mind.
9 Stella, like Britain's Monarch, reigns
10 O'er cultivated Lands;
11 Like Eastern Tyrants, Flavia deigns
12 To rule o'er barren Sands.
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13 Then boast, fair Flavia, boast your Face,
14 Your Beauty's only Store:
15 Your Charms will ev'ry Day decrease,
16 Each Day gives Stella more.


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Title (in Source Edition): Stella and Flavia.
Themes: wit; women; female character; beauty
Genres: ballad metre; Chevy Chase stanza; lyric
References: DMI 25170

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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, 1734, pp. 126-127. xlviii,283,[7]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T42622; DMI 519; Foxon p. 45) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Harding C 3644].)

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