Christopher Anstey

(1724-1805 / England)

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An Election Ball

Once more, O! ye Muses, from Pindus descend,
And bid all the Graces your footsteps attend,
Who oft at elections are wont to prolong
The keen--pointed epigram, ballad, or song,
With your own odoriferous water to sprinkle
The posie I twine for my dear Mrs. Inkle.
Not launch'd with more glory, more splendour and pride,
The new--tackled bark skims adown the brisk tide,
Her streamers display'd, and the wind in her poop,

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