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RESOLUTION OF A POETICAL QUESTION CONCERNING FOUR RURAL SISTERS: 1, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Alice is tall and upright as a pine
Last Line: And (which is worse) too modest to consent.
Variant Title(s): Two Rural Sisters: 1;resolution In Four Sonnets, Of A Poetical Question Put To Me By A 1
Subject(s): Aging; Love


ALICE is tall and upright as a pine,
White as blanch'd almonds, or the falling snow,
Sweet as are damask roses when they blow,
And doubtless fruitful as the swelling vine.

Ripe to be cut, and ready to be press'd,
Her full cheek'd beauties very well appear,
And a year's fruit she loses ev'ry year,
Wanting a man t' improve her to the best.

Full fain she would be husbanded, and yet,
Alas! she cannot a fit Lab'rer get
To cultivate her to her own content:

Fain would she be (God wot) about her task,
And yet (forsooth) she is too proud to ask,
And (which is worse) too modest to consent.





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