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Sir W***** Y*****'s Answer.

I.
1 GOOD madam, when ladies are willing,
2 A man must needs look like a fool;
3 For me I wou'd not give a shilling
4 For one that is kind out of rule.
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5 At least you might stay for my offer,
6 Not snatch like old maids in despair,
7 If you've liv'd to these years without proffer,
8 Your sighs are now lost in the air.
II.
9 You might leave me to guess by your blushing,
10 And not speak the matter so plain;
11 'Tis ours to pursue and be pushing,
12 'Tis yours to affect a disdain.
13 That you're in a pitiful taking,
14 By all your sweet ogles I see;
15 But the fruit that will fall without shaking
16 Indeed is too mellow for me.

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    Title (in Source Edition): Sir W***** Y*****'s Answer.
    Themes: sex; relations between the sexes
    Genres: answer/reply
    References: DMI 10988

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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. 230-231. 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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