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To one who in Love, set a Figure.

1 In vain alas ye search your artless Books,
2 A lover's Fates writ in his Mistris's Looks;
3 Tis to no purpose that ye gaze ith' Skys,
4 There are no Stars like her propitious Eyes.
5 When Hearts are lost to set a Figure vain,
6 None but the Thief knows if you'll hav't again.
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7 Your Venus ask, not Mercury's Aid intreat,
8 For he knows nothing of an amorous Cheat:
9 'Tis she alone that can the Mystery tell,
10 Read but her Looks they are infallible;
11 Consult the upper World for Death and Wars,
12 She is Love's Heaven, her Eyes the only Stars:
13 Since her kind Influence hath attracted you,
14 She may admit of a Conjunction too.


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Title (in Source Edition): To one who in Love, set a Figure.
Themes: relations between the sexes
Genres: heroic couplet

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Egerton, Sarah Fyge, 1668-1723. Poems on Several Occasions, Together with a Pastoral. By Mrs. S. F. [poems only] London: printed, and are to be sold by J. Nutt, near Stationers-Hall, 1703, pp. 33-34. [20],117,[3],15,[1]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T125148) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [280 e.4058].)

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