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Alexander Pope (1688–1744).  Complete Poetical Works.  1903.
Poems: 1713–17
Extemporaneous Lines
On a Portrait of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Painted by Kneller

THE PLAYFUL smiles around the dimpled mouth,
That happy air of majesty and truth,
So would I draw (but oh! ’t is vain to try;
My narrow Genius does the power deny;)
The equal lustre of the heav’nly mind,        5
Where ev’ry grace with ev’ry virtue’s join’d;
Learning not vain, and Wisdom not severe,
With Greatness easy, and with Wit sincere;
With just description show the work divine,
And the whole Princess in my work should shine.        10

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