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To the AUTHORESS of some Lines on STRAWBERRY-HILL.

1 MISTAKEN fair one, check thy fancy's flight,
2 Nor let fond poetry misguide thy sight.
3 The sweet creation, by thy pencil drawn,
4 Nor real in the fabric, nor the lawn.
5 Less in the master, is the picture true,
6 Unlike the portrait, and improv'd the view.
7 A trifling, careless, short-liv'd writer, he
8 Nor Envy's topic can, nor object be.
9 Nor pasteboard walls, nor mimic towers are fit,
10 To exercise her tooth, or Delia's wit.
11 No 'twas Parnassus did her fancy fill,
12 Which the kind maid mistook for Strawb'ry-hill:
13 While Modesty persuaded her to place
14 Another on that mount she ought to grace.

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Title (in Source Edition): To the AUTHORESS of some Lines on STRAWBERRY-HILL.
Themes: architecture; buildings
Genres: heroic couplet; answer/reply
References: DMI 31271

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A collection of the most esteemed pieces of poetry: that have appeared for several years. With variety of originals, by the late Moses Mendez, Esq; and other contributors to Dodsley's collection. To which this is intended as a supplement. London: printed for Richardson and Urquhart, 1767, p. 225. [8],320p. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T124631; DMI 1073; OTA K099398.000)

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