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1 THE gentle Pen with look demure,
2 Awhile was thought a virgin pure:
3 But Pen, as ancient poets say,
4 Undid by night the work of day.


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    Title (in Source Edition): EPIGRAM VIII. On Mrs. PENELOPE.
    Themes: sex; relations between the sexes; bawdy humour
    Genres: epigram
    References: DMI 22445

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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. 236. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.002)

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