Hon. Miss Mercer. - Hopner (Sketches In The Exhibition, 1805)
Oh! hide those tempting eyes, that faultless form,
Those looks with feeling and with nature warm;
The neck, the softly-swelling bosom hide,
Nor, wanton gales, blow the light vest aside;
For who, when beauties more than life excite
Silent applause, can gaze without delight!
But innocence, enchanting maid, is thine;
Thine eyes in liquid light unconscious shine;
And may thy breast no other feelings prove,
Than those of sympathy and mutual love!
Hon. Miss Mercer. - Hopner (Sketches In The Exhibition, 1805) by William Lisle Bowles