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An ODE on Miss HARRIET HANBURY at Six Years old.

I.
1 WHY shou'd I thus employ my time,
2 To paint those cheeks of rosy hue?
3 Why shou'd I search my brains for rhime,
4 To sing those eyes of glossy blue?
II.
5 The pow'r as yet is all in vain,
6 Thy num'rous charms, and various graces:
7 They only serve to banish pain,
8 And light up joy in parents' faces.
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III.
9 But soon those eyes their strength shall feel;
10 Those charms their pow'rful sway shall find:
11 Youth shall in crowds before you kneel,
12 And own your empire o'er mankind.
IV.
13 Then when on Beauty's throne you sit,
14 And thousands court your wish'd-for arms;
15 My Muse shall stretch her utmost wit,
16 To sing the victories of your charms.
V.
17 Charms that in time shall ne'er be lost,
18 At least while verse like mine endures:
19 And future HANBURYS shall boast,
20 Of verse like mine, of charms like yours.
VI.
21 A little vain we both may be,
22 Since scarce another house can shew,
23 A poet, that can sing like me;
24 A beauty, that can charm like you.

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    Title (in Source Edition): An ODE on Miss HARRIET HANBURY at Six Years old.
    Themes: poetry; literature; writing; beauty
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    A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. V. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758], pp. 132-133. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.005) (Page images digitized by the Eighteenth-Century Poetry Archive from a copy in the archive's library.)

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