Four Degrees of Comparison. An Epigram by Lemuel Abbott

Happy the Man by fortune bless’d,
To wed a Bride of Wealth posses’d!
Still happier who within his Arms
Enjoys fair Beauty’s lovelier Charms!
Happiest whom Heav’n directs to find
A Maid of virtuous, gentle Mind!

But happier than the happiest he
Who in one Nymph enjoys all three!

From: Abbott, Lemuel, Poems on various subjects. Whereto is prefixed a short essay on the structure of English verse. By the Rev. Lemuel Abbott, 1765, Samuel Cresswell: Nottingham, p. 69.
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Date: 1765

By: Lemuel Abbott (c1730-1776)

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