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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
387. Epigram on Miss Fontenelle
 
 
SWEET naïveté of feature,
  Simple, wild, enchanting elf,
Not to thee, but thanks to Nature,
  Thou art acting but thyself.
 
Wert thou awkward, stiff, affected,        5
  Spurning Nature, torturing art;
Loves and Graces all rejected,
  Then indeed thou’d’st act a part.
 

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