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Alexander Pope (1688–1744).  Complete Poetical Works.  1903.
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Inscription on a Grotto, the Work of Nine Ladies
HERE, shunning idleness at once and praise,
This radiant pile nine rural sisters raise;
The glitt’ring emblem of each spotless dame,
Clear as her soul and shining as her frame;
Beauty which Nature only can impart,        5
And such a polish as disgraces Art;
But Fate disposed them in this humble sort,
And hid in deserts what would charm a Court.

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