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Anno. 1708.

1 WHEN Cupid did his Grandsire Jove intreat,
2 To form some Beauty by a new Receit,
3 Jove sent and found far in a Country Scene,
4 Truth, Innocence, Good Nature, Look serene;
5 From which Ingredients, First the dext'rous Boy
6 Pickt the Demure, the Aukward, and the Coy;
7 The Graces from the Court did next provide
8 Breeding, and Wit, and Air, and Decent Pride;
9 These Venus cleans'd from ev'ry spurious Grain
10 Of Nice, Coquet, Affected, Pert, and Vain.
11 Jove mix'd up all, and his best Clay imploy'd;
12 Then call'd the happy Composition, Floyd.


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Title (in Source Edition): To Mrs. BIDDY FLOYD. Anno. 1708.
Themes: characters; mythology; women; female character; beauty; high society; court, the
Genres: comic verse

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Swift, Jonathan, 1667-1745. Miscellanies in PROSE and VERSE [poems only]. London: printed for John Morphew, near Stationers Hall, 1711, p. 388. [14],416p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T39454) (Page images digitized from microfilm of a copy in the English Faculty Library, Oxford [XL77.1[Mis]].)

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