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Forma Bonum Fragile.

1 What a frail Thing is Beauty, says Baron Le Cras,
2 Perceiving his Mistress had one Eye of Glass:
3 And scarcely had He spoke it;
4 When She more confus'd, as more angry She grew,
5 By a negligent Rage prov'd the Maxim too true:
6 She dropt the Eye, and broke it.

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Title (in Source Edition): Forma Bonum Fragile.
Author: Matthew Prior
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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)

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