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Miss SOPER'S Answer to a Lady, who invited her to retire into a monastic Life at St. CROSS, near WINCHESTER.

I.
1 IN vain, mistaken maid, you'd fly
2 To desart and to shade;
3 But since you call, for once I'll try
4 How well your vows are made.
II.
5 To noise and cares let's bid adieu,
6 And solitude commend.
7 But how the world will envy you,
8 And pity me your friend!
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III.
9 You, like rich metal hid in earth,
10 Each swain will dig to find;
11 But I expect no second birth,
12 For dross is left behind.

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    Title (in Source Edition): Miss SOPER'S Answer to a Lady, who invited her to retire into a monastic Life at St. CROSS, near WINCHESTER.
    Author: Miss Soper
    Themes: retirement; virtue; vice
    Genres: ballad metre; Chevy Chase stanza; answer/reply
    References: DMI 27864

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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. 231-232. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.006)

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