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ODE to a Young Lady, Somewhat too sollicitous about her Manner of Expression.

1 SURVEY, my fair! that lucid stream
2 Adown the smiling valley stray;
3 Would art attempt, or fancy dream,
4 To regulate its winding way?
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5 So pleas'd I view thy shining hair
6 In loose dishevel'd ringlets flow:
7 Not all thy art, nor all thy care
8 Can there one single grace bestow.
9 Survey again that verdant hill,
10 With native plants enamel'd o'er;
11 Say, can the painter's utmost skill
12 Instruct one flow'r to please us more?
13 As vain it were, with artful dye,
14 To change the bloom thy cheeks disclose;
15 And oh may Laura, ere she try,
16 With fresh vermilion paint the rose.
17 Hark, how the wood-lark's tuneful throat
18 Can every study'd grace excel;
19 Let art constrain the rambling note,
20 And will she, Laura, please so well?
21 Oh ever keep thy native ease,
22 By no pedantic laws confin'd!
23 For Laura's voice is form'd to please,
24 So Laura's words be not unkind.

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    Title (in Source Edition): ODE to a Young Lady, Somewhat too sollicitous about her Manner of Expression.
    Themes: sex; relations between the sexes; love
    Genres: ode
    References: DMI 26733

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    A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. IV. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758], pp. 335-336. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163)

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