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To Miss LUCY F—
[ed.] Miss Lucy Fortescue. "The author's first lady, whose death, which happened 19th January 1746-7, he so pathetically lamented in the Monody printed in this volume." (1782) (AH)

1 ONCE by the Muse alone inspir'd,
2 I sung my am'rous strains:
3 No serious love my bosom fir'd;
4 Yet ev'ry tender maid deceiv'd
5 The idly mournful tale believ'd,
6 And wept my fancy'd pains,
7 But Venus now to punish me,
8 For having feign'd so well,
9 Has made my heart so fond of thee,
10 That not the whole Aonian quire
11 Can accents soft enough inspire,
12 Its real flame to tell.

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    Title (in Source Edition): To Miss LUCY F—
    Themes: love
    Genres: lyric
    References: DMI 22320

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    A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. II. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758], p. 58. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.002)

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