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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
The Declaimer
By Henry Baker (1698–1774)
WOMAN! thoughtless, giddy creature;
  Laughing, idle, flutt’ring thing;
Most fantastic work of Nature;
  Still, like Fancy, on the wing.
‘Slave to every changing passion;        5
  Loving, hating, in extreme;
Fond of every foolish fashion;
  And, at best, a pleasing dream.
‘Lovely trifle, dear illusion,
  Conquering weakness, wished-for pain;        10
Man’s chief glory and confusion;
  Of all vanity, most vain.’
Thus deriding Beauty’s power,
  Bevil called it all a cheat;
But, in less than half an hour,        15
  Kneeled, and whined, at Celia’s feet.

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