TO MISS —, ON HER GIVING THE AUTHOR A GOLD AND SILK NETWORK PURSE OF HER OWN WEAVING.
1 THOUGH gold and silk their charms unite,
2 To make thy curious web delight,
3 In vain the varied work would shine,
4 If wrought by any hand but thine,
5 Thy hand that knows the subtler art,
6 To weave those nets that catch the heart.
7 Spread out by me, the roving coin,
8 Thy nets may catch, but not confine,[Page 251]
9 Nor can I hope thy silken chain,
10 The glittering vagrants shall restrain;
11 Why, SYLVIA, was it then decreed,
12 The heart once caught should ne'er be freed?
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Title (in Source Edition): TO MISS —, ON HER GIVING THE AUTHOR A GOLD AND SILK NETWORK PURSE OF HER OWN WEAVING.
Author: Samuel Johnson
Themes: sex; relations between the sexes; art; painting
References: DMI 32598
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