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On the Friendship of two young Ladies,


1 HAIL, beauteous pair, whom Friendship binds
2 In softest, yet in strongest ties,
3 Soft as the temper of your minds,
4 Strong as the lustre of your eyes!
5 So Venus' doves in couples fly,
6 And friendly steer their equal course;
7 Whose feathers Cupid's shafts supply,
8 And wing them with resistless force.
9 Thus as you move Love's tender flame,
10 Like that of Friendship, paler burns;
11 Both our divided passion claim,
12 And friends and rivals prove by turns.
13 Then ease yourselves and bless mankind,
14 Friendship so curst no more pursue:
15 In wedlock's rosy bow'r you'll find
16 The joys of Love and Friendship too.


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    Title (in Source Edition): On the Friendship of two young Ladies, 1730.
    Author: John Hoadly
    Themes: women; female character; friendship
    References: DMI 27742

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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. 275. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.005)

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