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1 How old may Phyllis be, You ask,
2 Whose Beauty thus all Hearts engages?
3 To Answer is no easie Task;
4 For She has really two Ages.
5 Stiff in Brocard, and pinch'd in Stays,
6 Her Patches, Paint, and Jewels on;
7 All Day let Envy view her Face;
8 And Phyllis is but Twenty-one.
9 Paint, Patches, Jewels laid aside,
10 At Night Astronomers agree,
11 The Evening has the Day bely'd;
12 And Phyllis is some Forty-three.


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Title (in Source Edition): PHYLLIS's AGE.
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, p. 272. [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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