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The GENTLEMAN's Answer.

1 WHILST pretty fellows think a woman's fame
2 In every state and every age the same;
3 With their own folly pleas'd the fair they toast,
4 And where they least are happy, swear they're most;
5 No difference making 'twixt coquet and prude;
6 And her that seems, yet is not really lewd;
7 While thus they think, and thus they vainly live,
8 And taste no joys but what their fancy give:
9 Let this great maxim be my action's guide,
10 May I ne'er hope, tho' I am ne'er deny'd;
11 Nor think a woman won, that's willing to be try'd.

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    Title (in Source Edition): The GENTLEMAN's Answer.
    Themes: sex; relations between the sexes
    Genres: heroic couplet; answer/reply
    References: DMI 12476

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    A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. I. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758], p. 108. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163)

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