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Wrote as if repeated extempore by a Gentleman, occasioned by a Miniature Picture of a Lady being put up as a But to shoot at in Germany the time of the last war.

1 O Wing my shafts to reach that fair one's heart,
2 My fondest wishes to her soul impart.
3 Where thousands miss, successful let me be,
4 And learn each virtue thus in loving thee.
5 In thee alone, that elegance and ease,
6 With native sweetness join'd with life to please.
7 Propitious! The gods have heard my prayer,
8 And eager fly to catch my wounded fair.

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    Title (in Source Edition): Wrote as if repeated extempore by a Gentleman, occasioned by a Miniature Picture of a Lady being put up as a But to shoot at in Germany the time of the last war.
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    Carstairs, Christian. Original Poems. By a Lady, Dedicated to Miss Ann Henderson. A Tribute to Gratitude and Friendships. Edinburgh: Andrew Shortrede, 1786, p. 46.  (ESTC T76883) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian [Harding C 680].)

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