Epigram on Seeing Miss Fontenelle in a Favourite Character

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