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Alexander Pope (1688–1744).  Complete Poetical Works.  1903.
Early Poems: Imitations of English Poets
Earl of Dorset: Artemisia
THO’ Artemisia talks by fits
Of councils, classics, fathers, wits,
  Reads Malbranche, Boyle, and Locke,
Yet in some things methinks she fails:
’T were well if she would pare her nails,        5
  And wear a cleaner smock.
Haughty and huge as High Dutch bride,
Such nastiness and so much pride
  Are oddly join’d by fate:
On her large squab you find her spread,        10
Like a fat corpse upon a bed,
  That lies and stinks in state.
She wears no colours (sign of grace)
On any part except her face;
  All white and black beside:        15
Dauntless her look, her gesture proud,
Her voice theatrically loud,
  And masculine her stride.
So have I seen, in black and white,
A prating thing, a magpie hight,        20
  Majestically stalk;
A stately worthless animal,
That plies the tongue, and wags the tail,
  All flutter, pride, and talk.

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