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First Line: Tis thought, it seems, a pretty thing
Last Line: Thy sex to guard, the fair to crown.
Subject(s): Beauty; Love; Parnassus (mountain), Greece; Soul

'Tis thought, it seems, a pretty thing,
In rhyme to write, in song to breathe;
To climb Parnassus' height and bring,
To beauty's shrine poetic wreath.

Lady, the rhyme is all I boast;
The muse has ne'er inspired my heart;
Dull prose, its strength and beauty lost,
In form of verse, my humble part.

And yet the soul aspires to raise
A worthy note -- of love divine,
Of hope, of friendship's balmy days,
Of -- charms of mind and heart -- like thine.

A strain to virtue: Born on high,
Our thoughts, affections, hopes, above
It raises. Who its praise deny?
Yet who are constant in its love?

Lady, adieu! If war again
Should shake "the border," and destruction,
With fiery, fierce and gloomy train
Assail us, this is thy protection.

Present it, and the ruthless hand
That dares to rise against thee, down
I'll strike it; this the charm -- the wand
Thy sex to guard, the fair to crown.

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