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A SONG OF PLEASURE, FR. THE PICTURE, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: The blushing rose and purple flower
Last Line: One equal for dame venus' bowers.


The blushing rose and purple flower,
Let grow too long, are soonest blasted;
Dainty fruit, though sweet, will sour,
And rot in ripeness, left untasted.
Yet here is one more sweet than these;
The more you taste, the more she'll please.

Beauty that's enclosed with ice,
Is a shadow chaste as rare;
Then how much those sweets entice,
That have issue full as fair!
Earth cannot yield from all her powers
One equal for dame Venus' bowers.





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