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Poem by John Dryden


On Mrs. Margaret Paston, of Barningham, in Norfolk


SO fair, so young, so innocent, so sweet,
So ripe a Judgment, and so rare a Wit,
Require at least an Age in one to meet.
In her they met; but long they could not stay,
T was Gold too fine to fix without Allay.
Heavns Image was in her so well exprest,
Her very sight upbraided all the rest;
Too justly ravishd from an Age like this,
Now she is gone, the World is of a Piece.



John Dryden


John Dryden's other poems:
  1. Epitaph on a Nephew in Catworth Church, Huntingdonshire
  2. Epilogue to Henry II
  3. To the Lady Castlemaine, upon Her incouraging his first Play
  4. Upon Young Mr. Rogers, of Gloucestershire
  5. The Beautiful Lady of the May


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