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The DISTRESSED DAMSEL.

BALLAD VII.

I.
1 OF all my experience how vast the amount,
2 Since fifteen long winters I fairly can count!
3 Was ever a damsel so sadly betray'd,
4 To live to these years and yet still be a maid?
II.
5 Ye heroes triumphant, by land and by sea,
6 Sworn vott'ries to love, but undmindful of me;
7 You can strom a strong fort, or can form a blockade,
8 Yet ye stand by, like dastards, and see me a maid.
III.
9 Ye lawyers so just, who with slippery tongue,
10 Can do what you please, or with right, or with wrong,
11 Can it be, or by law or by equity said,
12 That a buxom young girl ought to die an old maid?
IV.
13 Ye learned physicians, whose excellent skill
14 Can save, or demolish, can cure, or can kill,
15 To a poor, forlorn damsel contribute your aid,
16 Who is sick very sick of remaining a maid.
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V.
17 Ye fops, I invoke, not to list to my song,
18 Who answer no end and to no sex belong;
19 Ye echoes of echoes, and shadows of shade
20 For if I had you I might still be a maid.

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Title (in Source Edition): The DISTRESSED DAMSEL. BALLAD VII.
Themes: sex; relations between the sexes; virtue
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. 205-206. [16],230p.,plates; 4⁰. (ESTC T42626; OTA K041581.000)

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