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1 I'LL not believe that Phoebus did not smile,
2 Unhappily for you I know his stile;
3 To strains like yours of old his harp he strung,
4 And while he dictated Orinda sung.
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5 Did beauteous Daphne's scorn of proffer'd love
6 Against the sex his indignation move?
7 It rather made you his peculiar care,
8 Convinc'd from thence, ye were as good as fair.
9 As mortals who from dust receiv'd their birth,
10 Must when they die return to native earth;
11 So too the laurel, that your brow adorns,
12 Sprang from the fair, and to the fair returns.


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    Title (in Source Edition): Sir CHARLES'S REPLY.
    Themes: poetry; literature; writing; women; female character
    Genres: heroic couplet; answer/reply
    References: DMI 27708

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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. 157-158. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.005)

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