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The Rape of the Lock

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The Rape of the Lock1714 edition title page
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730 lines, approx. 5,500 words

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What dire offence from am'rous causes springs,
What mighty contests rise from trivial things,
I sing—

— First lines

Oh! If to dance all night and dress all day,
Charm'd the smallpox, or chas'd old-age away;
Who would not scorn what housewife's cares produce,
Or who would learn one earthly thing of use?


The hungry judges soon the sentence sign,
And wretches hang that jurymen may dine.


For, after all the Murders of your Eye,
When, after Millions slain, your self shall die;
When those fair Suns shall sett, as sett they must,
And all those Tresses shall be laid in Dust;
This Lock, the Muse shall consecrate to Fame,
And mid'st the Stars inscribe Belinda's Name!

— Last lines


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Shakespeare's Sonnets

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