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Complimentary Epigram On Maria Riddell

     "Praise Woman still," his lordship roars,
     "Deserv'd or not, no matter?"
     But thee, whom all my soul adores,
     Ev'n Flattery cannot flatter:

     Maria, all my thought and dream,
     Inspires my vocal shell;
     The more I praise my lovely theme,
     The more the truth I tell.