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PHYLLIS'S  AGE

By
Matthew Prior
1718


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How old may Phyllis be, You ask,

Whose Beauty thus all Hearts engages?

To Answer is no easie Task;

For She has really two Ages.
 

Stiff in Brocard, and pinch'd in Stays,

Her Patches, Paint, and Jewels on;

All Day let Envy view her Face;

And Phyllis is but Twenty-one.
 

Paint, Patches, Jewels laid aside,

As Night Astronomers agree,

The Evening has the Day bely'd;

And Phyllis is some Forty-three.
 

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