To POLLY LAURENCE, quitting the Pump.
BATH, January 1756.
1 SPITE of beauty, air, and grace,
2 With honour hast thou run thy race!
3 In sunshine well thy part thou'st play'd —
4 Now, sweet Polly, seek the shade.
5 The prudent general, tho' beat,
6 Reaps honour from a good retreat;
7 But nobler thou, thy thousands kill'd,
8 With flying colours leav'st the field.
9 Let not retirement give the spleen,
10 Thy sex's longing — to be seen:
11 But teach the vicious and the vain,
12 Their pleasure's but refining pain.
13 Teach the gay by thy retreat,
14 Eternal giggle is not wit;
15 And the formal fool advise,
16 Prudery cannot make her wise.
17 Take with thee to thy private state
18 Th' applauses of the good and great;
19 The best reward below allow'd
20 Of a conduct great and good.
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Title (in Source Edition): To POLLY LAURENCE, quitting the Pump. BATH, January 1756.
Author: William Hall
Themes: women; female character; beauty
References: DMI 27775
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