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IN RETURN FOR THE PRESENT OF A PAIR OF BUCKLES.

1 The female heart by bribes is oft assail'd,
2 Full oft by bribes the female heart is won,
3 When tears, and sighs, and flatteries have fail'd,
4 An ear-ring or a necklace might have done.
5 Hence men their court by various presents make,
6 A song, a fan, a top-knot, or a glove,
7 The gift, still pleasing for the giver's sake,
8 Is welcom'd as an emblem of his love.
9 My gentle swain a happier art has found
10 At once his passion and success to prove,
11 Whilst by his magic gift my feet are bound,
12 No power is left me to escape his love.

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    Title (in Source Edition): IN RETURN FOR THE PRESENT OF A PAIR OF BUCKLES.
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    Poems, &c. &c. by the Late Mrs. Mary Alcock [poems only]. London: Printed for C. Dilly, Poultry, 1799, p. 106. vii,[25],183,[1]p. (ESTC T86344) (Page images digitized by University of California Libraries.)

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