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ANSWER.

1 TOO timorous maid! can time or chance
2 A pure ingenuous flame controul?
3 O lay aside that tender glance,
4 That melts my frame, that kills my soul!
5 Were but thy outward charms admir'd,
6 Frail origin of female sway!
7 My flame like other flames inspir'd,
8 Might then like other flames decay:
9 But whilst thy mind shall seem thus fair,
10 Thy soul's unfading charms be seen;
11 Thou may'st resign that shape and air,
12 Yet find thy swain an ever-green.

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    Title (in Source Edition): ANSWER.
    Themes: sex; relations between the sexes
    Genres: answer/reply
    References: DMI 39150

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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], p. 212. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.006) (Page images digitized by the Eighteenth-Century Poetry Archive from a copy in the archive's library.)

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