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TO THE LADY DURSLEY On the same Subject.

1 Here reading how fond Adam was betray'd;
2 And how by Sin Eve's blasted Charms decay'd;
3 Our common Loss unjustly You complain;
4 So small that Part of it, which You sustain.
5 You still, fair Mother, in your Offspring trace
6 The Stock of Beauty destin'd for the Race:
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7 Kind Nature, forming Them, the Pattern took
8 From Heav'n's first Work, and Eve's Original Look.
9 You, happy Saint, the Serpent's Pow'r controul:
10 Scarce any actual Guilt defiles your Soul:
11 And Hell does o'er that Mind vain Triumph boast,
12 Which gains a Heav'n, for Earthly Eden lost.
13 With Virtue strong as Your's had Eve been arm'd,
14 In vain the Fruit had blush'd, or Serpent charm'd:
15 Nor had our Bliss by Penitence been bought:
16 Nor had frail Adam fall'n, nor Milton wrote.


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Title (in Source Edition): TO THE LADY DURSLEY On the same Subject.
Author: Matthew Prior
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Prior, Matthew, 1664-1721. Poems on Several Occasions [English poems only]. London: Printed for JACOB TONSON at Shakespear's-Head over against Katharine-Street in the Strand, and JOHN BARBER upon Lambeth-Hill. MDCCXVIII., 1718, pp. 19-20. [42],506,[6]p.: ill.; 2°. (ESTC T075639) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [H 6.8 Art.].)

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