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Her conscious tail her joy declar'd;
The fair round face, the snowy beard,
The velvet of her

paws,
Her coat, that with the tortoise vies,
Her ears of jet, and emerald eyes,

She saw; and purr'd applause.

Still had she gaz’d; but 'midst the tide .
Two angel forms were seen to glide,

The Genii of the stream:

Their scaly armour's Tyrian hue
Thro' richest purple to the view

Betray'd a golden gleam.
The haplefs Nymph with wonder saw,
A whisker first, and then a claw;

With

With many an ardent wish,
She stretch'd in vain to reach the prize.
What female heart can gold despise ?

What Cat's averse to fish!

Presumptuous Maid! with looks intent
Again the stretch'd, again she bent,

Nor knew the gulf between.
(Malignant fate sat by, and smild)
The slipp’ry verge her feet beguild)

She tumbled headlong in.

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Eight times emerging from the flood
She mew'd to ev'ry wat'ry God,

Some speedy aid to send.
No Dolphin came, no Nereid stirr'd;
Nor cruel Tom, nor Sufan heard.

A Fay'rite has no friend !

From

From hence, ye Beauties, undeceiv'd,
Know, one false step is ne'er retriev’d,

And be with caution bold.

Not all that tempts your wand'ring eyes
And heedless hearts, is lawful prize ;

Nor all, that glisters, gold.

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*Ανθρωπος' ικανή πρόφασις εις το δυστυχείν.

MENANDER.

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