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The Je ne scai Quoi.


1 YES, I'm in love, I feel it now,
2 And CAELIA has undone me;
3 And yet I'll swear I can't tell how
4 The pleasing plague stole on me.
5 'Tis not her face which love creates,
6 For there no graces revel;
7 'Tis not her shape, for there the fates
8 Have rather been uncivil.
9 'Tis not her air, for sure in that
10 There's nothing more than common;
11 And all her sense is only chat,
12 Like any other woman.
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13 Her voice, her touch might give th' alarm
14 'Twas both perhaps, or neither;
15 In short, 'twas that provoking charm
16 Of CAELIA altogether.


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    Title (in Source Edition): The Je ne scai Quoi. A SONG.
    Themes: sex; relations between the sexes; love
    Genres: ballad metre; song
    References: DMI 22459

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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], pp. 265-266. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.002)

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