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Q: Origin of poem / quotation? ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Origin of poem / quotation?
Category: Reference, Education and News > General Reference
Asked by: mongenerale-ga
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Posted: 09 Feb 2005 08:18 PST
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Question ID: 471728
I would like to know when this first appeared in print
or oration? Is it English or American?
" What is the blooming tincture of the skin,
To peace of mind and harmony whithin?
What the bridge sparkling of the finest eye,
To the soft soothing of a calm reply?
Subject: Re: Origin of poem / quotation?
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 09 Feb 2005 09:47 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

The poem is called "True Comeliness" and was written in the eighteenth
century by English poet John Gay (1685-1732), best known as the author
of The Beggar's Opera.

It appears to have been a fairly well-known verse in the 19th century,
as it is reproduced in at least two online historical volumes of
collected popular materials:

Saunders, Frederick
Salad for the social
pg 108

Sargent, Epes
The primary standard speaker. Containing original and selected pieces,
especially adapted to declamation. For the youngest pupils.
pg 72

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the phrase [ "blooming tincture" ]
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