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Leonard Welsted, 'To the Countess of Warwick on her Marriage with Mr. Addison', c. 1716

From Leonard Welsted (1688-1747), 'Epistles, Odes, &c. Written on Several Subjects' (1724), pp. 19-21.

Ambition long has Woman's Heart betray'd, And Tinsel Grandeur caught thY unwary Maid; The pompous Stiles, that strike thY admiring Throng, Have glitter'd in the Eye of Beauty long: You, MADAM, first the Female Taste improve, And give your Fellow-Charmers Laws for Love; A Pomp you covet, not to Heralds known, And sigh for Vertues equal to your own; Part in a Man immortal greatly claim; And frown on Titles, to ally with Fame: Not Edward's Star, (1) emboss'd with Silver Rays, Can vie in Glory with thy Consort's Bays; His Country's Pride does Homage to thy Charms, And every Merit crowds into thy Arms.