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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
 
Written on a White Fan Borrowed from Miss Osborne, Afterwards His Wife
By Francis Atterbury (1662–1732)
 
FLAVIA 1 the least and slighted toy
Can with resistless art employ:
This fan in meaner hands would prove
An engine of small force in love;
Yet she with graceful air and mien,        5
Not to be told or safely seen,
Directs its wanton motions so
That it wounds more than Cupid’s bow;
Gives coolness to the matchless dame,
To every other breast—a flame.        10
 
Note 1. From the Gentleman’s Journal, March, 1692. [back]
 
 
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