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To a Lady, who valu'd herself on speaking her Mind in a blunt Manner, which she call'd being sincere.

1 Well you Sincerity display,
2 A Virtue wond'rous rare!
3 Nor value, tho' the World should say,
4 You're rude, so you're sincere.
5 To be sincere, then, give me leave;
6 And I will frankly own,
7 Since you but this one Virtue have,
8 'Twere better you had none.

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Title (in Source Edition): To a Lady, who valu'd herself on speaking her Mind in a blunt Manner, which she call'd being sincere.
Author: Mary Barber
Themes: manners
Genres: occasional poem
References: DMI 11632

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Poems on Several Occasions. London: Printed for C. Rivington, at the Bible and Crown in St. Paul's Church-Yard, 1735, p. 249. lx, 290,[14]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T42623; DMI 523; Foxon p. 45)

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