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On WIT.

1 TRUE wit is like the brilliant stone
2 Dug from the Indian mine;
3 Which boasts two various powers in one
4 To cut as well as shine,
5 Genius, like that, if polish'd right,
6 With the same gifts abounds;
7 Appears at once both keen and bright,
8 And sparkles while it wounds.

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    Title (in Source Edition): On WIT.
    Themes: wit
    Genres: ballad metre; Chevy Chase stanza
    References: DMI 3326

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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. 297. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.006)

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