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Mrs. BINDON'S ANSWER.

1 WHEN home I return'd from the dancing last night,
2 And elate by your praises attempted to write,
3 I familiarly call'd on Apollo for aid,
4 And told him how many fine things you had said;
5 He smil'd at my folly, and gave me to know,
6 Your wit, and not mine, by your writing you shew;
7 And then, says the God, still to make you more vain,
8 He hath promis'd that I shall enlighten your brain,
9 When he knows in his heart, if he speak but his mind,
10 That no woman alive can now boast I am kind:
11 For since Daphne to shun me grew into a laurel,
12 With the sex I have sworn still to keep up the quarrel.
13 I thought it all joke, 'till by writing to you,
14 I have prov'd his resentment, alas! but too true.

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    Title (in Source Edition): Mrs. BINDON'S ANSWER.
    Author: Mrs. Bindon
    Themes: madness; poetry; literature; writing
    Genres: answer/reply
    References: DMI 27707

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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], p. 157. 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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