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SONNET.

TO THE SAME.

1 "WITH prudence choose a wife" Be thy first care
2 Her Virtue, not confin'd to time or place,
3 Or worn for shew; but on Religion's base
4 Well-founded, easy, free, and debonair:
5 Next rose-cheek'd Modesty, beyond compare
6 The best cosmetic of the Virgin's face;
7 Neatness, which doubles every female grace;
8 And Temper mild, thy joys and griefs to share;
9 Beauty in true proportion rather choose
10 Than colour, fit to grace thy social board,
11 Chear thy chaste bed, and honest offspring rear;
12 With these seek Prudence well to guide thy house,
13 Untainted Birth, and, if thy state afford,
14 Do not, when such the prize, for Fortune square.

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Title (in Source Edition): SONNET. TO THE SAME.
Themes: advice; moral precepts; marriage
Genres: sonnet; Italian (Petrarchan) sonnet
References: DMI 32627

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A collection of poems in four volumes. By several hands. Vol. IV. [The second edition]. London: printed for G. Pearch, 1770, p. 53. 4v. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T116245; DMI 1137)

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