Complimentary Epigram on Maria Riddell

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"Praise Woman still," his lordship roars,
"Deserv'd or not, no matter?"
But thee, whom all my soul adores,
Ev'n Flattery cannot flatter:
Maria, all my thought and dream,
Inspires my vocal shell;
The more I praise my lovely theme,
The more the truth I tell.

This work was published before January 1, 1924, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.