To Mr. Prior, from a LADY Unknown* (in a footnote: ANNE, Countess of Winchelsea).
No MS; 1740 Prior,II, xx-xxi.
rpt of 1740: 1903 Reynolds, 102 ; rpt of 1903 Reynolds: 1930 Fausset, 53.
Embarrassingly bad, mawkish uncomfortable attempt to coquet with Prior; she describes herself as a "Nymph" with a "Virgin-heart" whose Prior's "charms have taught to cherish Love." She has invested Prior's light lyrics with her own serious grave depths. The text was first published when in 1741 Prior's friend, Adrian Drift, put together as many poems in praise of Prior by people whose opinions were thought significant.
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