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Lady MARY W***, to Sir W*** Y***
[ed.] The title is "Lady Mary Wortley Montague, to Sir William Yonge" in 1782. (AH)

1 DEAR Colin, prevent my warm blushes,
2 Since how can I speak without pain?
3 My eyes have oft told you their wishes,
4 Ah! can't you their meaning explain?
5 My passion wou'd lose by expression,
6 And you too might cruelly blame:
7 Then don't you expect a confession
8 Of what is too tender to name.
9 Since yours is the province of speaking,
10 Why shou'd you expect it of me?
11 Our wishes shou'd be in our keeping,
12 'Till you tell us what they shou'd be.
13 Then quickly why don't you discover?
14 Did your breast feel tortures like mine,
15 Eyes need not tell over and over
16 What I in my bosom consine.


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    Title (in Source Edition): Lady MARY W***, to Sir W*** Y***
    Themes: sex; relations between the sexes; love
    Genres: lyric
    References: DMI 28027

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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. 230. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.006)

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