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Short poem

Sir George Etherege (ca. 1635-1691)

To a Very Young Lady

              1Sweetest bud of beauty, may
              2No untimely frost decay
              3Th' early glories which we trace
              4Blooming in thy matchless face:
              5But kindly opening, like the rose,
              6Fresh beauties every day disclose,
              7Such as by Nature are not shown
              8In all the blossoms she has blown:
              9And then, what conquest shall you make,
            10Who hearts already daily take!
            11Scorch'd in the morning with thy beams,
            12How shall we bear those sad extremes
            13Which must attend thy threat'ning eyes
            14When thou shalt to thy noon arise?


1] First attributed to Etheredge by William Oldys in Biographia Britannica (1750).

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: A New Academy of Complements (London: Thomas Rooks, 1671). Wing 529 (anonymously).
First publication date: 1671
RPO poem editor: N. J. Endicott
RP edition: 2RP.1.515; RPO 1997-2000.
Recent editing: 2:2002/4/18

Form: couplets

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