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ON THE D—SS OF R—D.

1 WHAT do scholars, and bards, and astronomers wise,
2 Mean by stuffing our heads with nonsense and lies;
3 By telling us Venus must always appear
4 In a car, or a shell, or a twinkling star;
5 Drawn by sparrows, or swans, or dolphins, or doves,
6 Attended in form by the graces and loves:
7 That ambrosia and nectar is all she will taste,
8 And her passport to hearts on a belt round her waist?
9 Without all this bustle I saw the bright dame,
10 To supper last night to P—y's she came
11 In a good warm sedan; no fine open car;
12 Two chairmen her doves, and a flambeau her star;
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13 No nectar she drank, no ambrosia she eat;
14 Her cup was plain claret, a chicken her meat:
15 Nor wanted a cestus her bosom to grace,
16 For R—d, that night, had lent her her face.

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Title (in Source Edition): ON THE D—SS OF R—D.
Themes: women; female character; high society; court, the
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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, pp. 58-59. 4v. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T116245; DMI 1137; OTA K093079.004)

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