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Inscription on a GROTTO of Shells at CRUX-EASTON, the Work of Nine young Ladies.

1 HERE shunning idleness at once and praise,
2 This radiant pile nine rural sisters raise;
3 The glitt'ring emblem of each spotless dame,
4 Clear as her soul, and shining as her frame;
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5 Beauty which Nature only can impart,
6 And such a polish as disgraces Art;
7 But Fate dispos'd them in this humble sort,
8 And hid in desarts what wou'd charm a court.

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    Title (in Source Edition): Inscription on a GROTTO of Shells at CRUX-EASTON, the Work of Nine young Ladies.
    Themes: architecture; buildings; virtue; vice
    Genres: epigram
    References: DMI 22056

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    A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. VI. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758], pp. 161-162. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.006)

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