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The PENITENT.

Occasion'd by the Author's being asked if she would take Ten Pounds for her Poems.

1 WHEN Parthenissa talk'd to-day
2 Of Profits and of Mira's Lay,
3 And list'ning Mira heard the Sound
4 Of number Ten with added Pound,
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5 The saucy Minx betray'd her Pride,
6 And turn'd her scornful Head aside:
7 You, doubtless, Madam, wonder'd why,
8 And hardly could believe 'twas I:
9 But all have Faults, and 'twou'd be vain
10 To boast a Heart that's free from Stain.
11 This Maxim Mira prov'd was true,
12 No golden Apples lay in view
13 Across her Path and yet she fell:
14 The Cause have Patience and we'll tell,
15 You saw not no, to my Surprize
16 It scap'd your penetrating Eyes;
17 The wicked Knot 'twas new to-day,
18 The Knot what Colour was it, pray?
19 So gay, 'twou'd make a Hermit vain;
20 Then wonder not at Mira's Brain.
21 But now disrob'd with dirty Shoes
22 And Apron ragged as the Muse,
23 In Night-cap tight and wrapping Gown,
24 No more is seen the haughty Frown;
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25 The fatal Top-knot laid aside
26 With its destructive Daughter Pride.
27 The vain Chimeras all are flown,
28 And Reason re-assumes her Throne.
29 Now, could you find an honest Dealer,
30 (As an Attorney or a Taylor)
31 Who wants a Muse that's not too dear,
32 Send him directly you know where:
33 We for a Trifle shall not part,
34 Nor from an easy Bargain start,
35 And that his Purchase may'nt be hard,
36 I'll add of Packthread half a Yard,
37 To satisfy the greedy Lout,
38 And bind the Papers round about.

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Title (in Source Edition): The PENITENT. Occasion'd by the Author's being asked if she would take Ten Pounds for her Poems.
Author: Mary Leapor
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Poems upon several occasions: By Mrs. Leapor ... London: printed: and sold by J. Roberts, 1748, pp. 118-120. 15,[5],282p. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T127827; Foxon p. 413)

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