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ADAM Pos'd.

1 COu'd our First Father, at his toilsome Plough,
2 Thorns in his Path, and Labour on his Brow,
3 Cloath'd only in a rude, unpolish'd Skin,
4 Cou'd he a vain Fantastick Nymph have seen,
5 In all her Airs, in all her antick Graces,
6 Her various Fashions, and more various Faces;
7 How had it pos'd that Skill, which late assign'd
8 Just Appellations to Each several Kind!
9 A right Idea of the Sight to frame;
10 T'have guest from what New Element she came;
11 T'have hit the wav'ring Form, or giv'n this Thing a Name.

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Title (in Source Edition): ADAM Pos'd.
Themes: manners; women; female character
Genres: heroic couplet; epigram
References: DMI 6969

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Miscellany poems, on several occasions: Written by the Right Honble Anne, Countess of Winchilsea. London: printed for J. B. and sold by Benj. Tooke, William Taylor, and James Round, 1713, p. 123. [8],390p. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T94539; Foxon pp. 274-5; OTA K076314.000)

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