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J. C. Squire, ed.  A Book of Women’s Verse.  1921.
 
Adam Pos’d
By Anne, Countess of Winchilsea (1660–1720)
 
COU’D our first father, at his toilsome plough,
Thorns in his path, and labour on his brow,
Cloath’d only in a rude, unpolish’d skin,
Cou’d he a vain fantastick nymph have seen,
In all her airs, in all her antick graces,        5
Her various fashions, and more various faces;
How had it pos’d that skill, which late assign’d
Just appellations to each several kind!
A right idea of the sight to frame;
T’ have guest from what new element she came;        10
T’ have hit the wav’ring form, and giv’n this Thing a name.
 
 
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