Epigram on Seeing Miss Fontenelle in a Favourite Character

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Epigram on Seeing Miss Fontenelle in a Favourite Character
by Robert Burns

Sweet naivete of feature,
Simple, wild, enchanting elf,
Not to thee, but thanks to Nature,
Thou art acting but thyself.

Wert thou awkward, stiff, affected,
Spurning Nature, torturing art;
Loves and Graces all rejected,
Then indeed thou'd'st act a part.

This work published before January 1, 1923 is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.