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First Line: The noblest object in the works of art
Last Line: "an ancient city which is much renown'd."
Alternate Author Name(s): Chesterfield, 4th Earl Of
Subject(s): Riddles

"THE noblest object in the works of art,
"The brightest scene that nature can impart,
"The well-known signal in the time of peace,
"The point essential in the tenant's lease,
"The farmer's comfort when he holds the plough,
"A soldier's duty, and the lover's vow,
"A contract made before the nuptial tie,
"A blessing riches never can supply,
"A spot that adds new charms to pretty faces,
"An engine us'd in fundamental cases,
"A planet seen between the earth and sun,
"A prize which merit never yet has won,
"A loss which prudence seldom can retrieve,
"The death of Judas, and the fault of Eve,
"A part between the ancle and the knee,
"A patriot's toast, and a Physician's fee,
"A wife's ambition, and a parson's dues,
"A miser's idol and the badge of Jews.
"If now your happy genius can divine
"The correspondent words to every line,
"By the first letters will be plainly found
"An ancient city which is much renown'd."

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