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THE EMPTY PURSE

1 What all despise, and all agree to curse,
2 I view with pride and joy, an Empty Purse.
3 When it was full, so was my heart of woe,
4 I knew not what to do, nor where to go.
5 I would be gen'rous, but I long'd for dress;
6 Appearing great, I made myself look less.
7 I that no kindred ever dar'd to claim;
8 Found fifty kind relations of my name.
9 No more could I complain of friends neglect,
10 And daring falsehood hung around my neck;
11 Amaz'd I cried, What means this mighty change;
12 The forward fool replied, 'Tis nothing strange.
13 Wretch, take my gold, I said, my greatest curse,
14 Leave me an honest heart, and empty purse.

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    Title (in Source Edition): THE EMPTY PURSE
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    Carmichael, Miss (Rebekah) (fl. 1790-1806). Poems. Edinburgh: Peter Hill, 1790, p. 83. 92p. (ESTC T104666) (Page images digitized from a copy at University of California Libraries — third-party rights apply.)

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