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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
Those Arts Which Common Beauties Move
By John Oldmixon (1673–1742)
THOSE arts which common beauties move,
  Corinna, you despise:
You think there’s nothing wise in love
  Or eloquent in sighs.
You laugh at ogle, cant, and song,        5
  And promises abuse:
But say—for I have courted long—
  What methods shall I use?
We must not praise your charms and wit,
  Nor talk of dart and flame;        10
But sometimes you can think it fit
  To smile at what you blame.
Your sex’s forms, which you disown,
  Alas! you can’t forbear;
But in a minute smile and frown,        15
  Are tender and severe.
Corinna, let us now be free;
  No more your arts pursue,
Unless you suffer me to be
  As whimsical as you.        20
At last the vain dispute desist,
  To love resign the field:
’Twas custom forced you to resist,
  And custom bids you yield.

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