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1 How very rare my gen'rous friend we find,
2 A woman bless'd with such a virtuous mind,
3 A mind, unaw'd by any idle fear,
4 A heart which nobly dares to be sincere,
5 A soul without ambition, truly great,
6 Sprightly, yet wise, and witty, tho' sedate.
7 With ev'ry heav'n-born virtue amply fraught,
8 By prudence, piety, and reason taught;
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9 A bosom, aw'd by chastity and love,
10 A tongue, ordain'd, the hardest heart to move;
11 An ear, for ever open to the poor,
12 A breast, that's guided by no idle power;
13 A form as spotless as her heavenly mind,
14 In temper affable, polite, and kind.


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Title (in Source Edition): A CHARACTER.
Genres: heroic couplet; character

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Robinson, Mary, 1758-1800. Poems by Mrs. Robinson [poems only]. London: Printed for C. Parker, the Upper Part of New Bond-Street, 1775, pp. 35-36. [8],134p.,plate; 8⁰. (ESTC T100118)

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