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A very gallant Copy of VERSES, (but somewhat silly) upon the Ladies, and their fine Cloaths at a Ball.

1 HAPPY the worms, that spun their lives away,
2 T' enrich the splendour of this glorious day!
3 Well pleas'd these gen'rous foreigners expire,
4 A sacrifice to Beauty's general fire.
5 Oh! had they seen, with what superior grace
6 Beauty here triumphs in each lovely face,
7 Their am'rous flames had their own work betray'd,
8 And burn'd the web their curious art had made!

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    Title (in Source Edition): A very gallant Copy of VERSES, (but somewhat silly) upon the Ladies, and their fine Cloaths at a Ball.
    Themes: fashion; women; female character
    Genres: epigram
    References: DMI 27760

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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. 288. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.005)

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