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Her Right Name.

1 As Nancy at Her Toylet sat,
2 Admiring This, and blaming That;
3 Tell Me, She said; but tell Me true;
4 The Nymph who cou'd your Heart subdue,
5 What Sort of Charms does She possess?
6 Absolve Me Fair One: I'll confess;
7 With Pleasure I reply'd. Her Hair,
8 In Ringlets rather dark than fair,
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9 Does down her Iv'ry Bosom roll,
10 And hiding Half, adorns the Whole.
11 In her high Forehead's fair half-round
12 Love sits in open Triumph crown'd:
13 He in the Dimple of her Chin,
14 In private State by Friends is seen.
15 Her Eyes are neither black, nor grey;
16 Nor fierce, nor feeble is their Ray:
17 Their dubious Lustre seems to show
18 Something that speaks nor Yes, nor No.
19 Her Lips no living Bard, I weet,
20 May say, how Red, how Round, how Sweet:
21 Old Homer only cou'd indite
22 Their vagrant Grace, and soft Delight:
23 They stand Recorded in his Book,
24 When Helen smil'd, and Hebe spoke
25 The Gipsy turning to her Glass,
26 Too plainly show'd, She knew the Face:
27 And which am I most like, She said,
28 Your Cloe, or Your Nut-brown Maid?


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Title (in Source Edition): Her Right Name.
Author: Matthew Prior
Genres: epigram

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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. 267-268. [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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