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To Mrs. Armine Cartwright, at Bath.

1 Lovely Armina, o'er her Books reclin'd,
2 Impairs her Body, to improve her Mind:
3 Of Wisdom fond, as others are of Wealth,
4 In that Pursuit will sacrifice her Health:
5 Then, Miser-like, when she has gain'd the Prize,
6 Hides both Herself, and Treasure, from our Eyes.
7 In this alone, Armina, you're to blame,
8 Regardless of your Health, or Friendship's Claim:
9 A giddy, thoughtless World your Aid require;
10 And Ignorance prevails, when You retire.
11 Why, Form'd to please! and why, Improv'd with Care!
12 Is there no End, in being Wise, and Fair?

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Title (in Source Edition): To Mrs. Armine Cartwright, at Bath.
Author: Mary Barber
Themes: women; female character; education
Genres: heroic couplet; admonition
References: DMI 11588

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Barber, Mary, ca. 1690-1757. Poems on Several Occasions [poems only]. London: Printed for C. Rivington, at the Bible and Crown in St. Paul's Church-Yard, 1734, p. 186. xlviii,283,[7]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T42622; DMI 519; Foxon p. 45) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Harding C 3644].)

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