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Alexander Pope (1688–1744).  Complete Poetical Works.  1903.
On Mrs. Corbet
Who Died of a Cancer in Her Breast

HERE rests a Woman, good without pretence,
Bless’d with plain Reason and with sober Sense:
No Conquests she but o’er herself desired,
No Arts essay’d but not to be admired.
Passion and Pride were to her soul unknown,        5
Convinc’d that Virtue only is our own.
So unaffected, so composed, a mind,
So firm, yet soft, so strong, yet so refin’d,
Heav’n, as its purest gold, by Tortures tried:
The Saint sustain’d it, but the Woman died.        10

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