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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
Song: ‘When thy beauty appears’
By Thomas Parnell (1679–1718)
    WHEN thy beauty appears
    In its graces and airs,
All bright as an angel new dropt from the sky;
    At distance I gaze and am awed by my fears,
    So strangely you dazzle my eye!        5
    But when without art,
    Your kind thoughts you impart,
When your love runs in blushes through every vein;
    When it darts from your eyes, when it pants in your heart,
    Then I know you’re a woman again.        10
    There’s a passion and pride
    In our sex (she replied),
And thus, might I gratify both, I would do:
    Still an angel appear to each lover beside,
    But still be a woman in you.        15

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