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To the Same.

On her desiring the Author to write a Satire upon her.

1 Full of my self, resolv'd to rail,
2 I summon'd all my pride;
3 Ill-nature form'd th' invidious tale,
4 And rage its aid supply'd.
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5 Each fav'rite female vice I paint,
6 And every folly join:
7 In short, description is but faint;
8 A libel was each line.
9 The picture thus ill-nature fram'd,
10 By malice was apply'd;
11 Those real charms for which you're fam'd,
12 I took most pains to hide.
13 But how unlike the finish'd draught
14 Of Clayton's lovely mind!
15 Ev'n I who drew it, knew it not,
16 Nor could one likeness find.
17 Thus, dawber like, with low design,
18 I spoilt a beauteous frame;
19 And conscious of each faulty line,
20 Was forc'd to write your name.
21 In Eden thus, its shades among,
22 Ere vice could fix a stain,
23 The serpent roll'd his pointless tongue,
24 And hiss'd and twin'd in vain.
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25 Again fair virtue loves to dwell
26 In your engaging form;
27 As pure as Eve before she fell,
28 As free from inward storm.
29 Keen satire now, with soften'd gaze,
30 Unbends her wrinkled brow;
31 And looks serenely gen'rous praise,
32 Who never prais'd till now.


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Title (in Source Edition): To the Same. On her desiring the Author to write a Satire upon her.
Author: Mary Jones
Genres: ballad metre

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Jones, Mary, d. 1778. Miscellanies in Prose and Verse. By Mary Jones. Oxford: Printed; and delivered by Mr. Dodsley in Pall-Mall, Mr. Clements in Oxford, and Mr. Frederick in Bath, MDCCL., 1750, pp. 54-56. vi,[1],xlv,[1],405p. (ESTC T115196)

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