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Epigram on Miss Fontenelle

by Robert Burns, 1792

Sweet naïveté 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.

Published in Poems and Songs of Robert Burns

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