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The TALKATIVE FAIR.

BALLAD IV.

I.
1 FROM morn to night, from day to day,
2 At all times and at every place,
3 You scold, repeat, and sing, and say,
4 Nor are there hopes, you'll ever cease.
II.
5 Forbear, my Celia, oh! forbear,
6 If your own health, or ours you prize;
7 For all mankind that hear you, swear
8 Your tongue's more killing than your eyes.
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III.
9 Your tongue's a traytor to your face,
10 Your fame's by your own noise obscur'd,
11 All are distracted while they gaze;
12 But if they listen, they are cur'd.
IV.
13 Your silence wou'd acquire more praise,
14 Than all you say, or all I write;
15 One look ten thousand charms displays;
16 Then hush and be an angel quite.

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Title (in Source Edition): The TALKATIVE FAIR. BALLAD IV.
Themes: virtue; vice
Genres: ballad metre

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Poems on several occasions: By Christopher Smart, A. M. Fellow of Pembroke-Hall, Cambridge. London: printed for the author, by W. Strahan; and sold by J. Newbery, at the Bible and Sun, in St. Paul’s Church-Yard, MDCCLII., 1752, pp. 201-202. [16],230p.,plates; 4⁰. (ESTC T42626; OTA K041581.000)

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