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Andrew Erskine


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Andrew Erskine : [a poem on a Geranium]

'I have this Moment put into my Hand a Poem concerning the Geranium Flower; tis not very long, and tis I think exceedingly Ingenious: but so obscene I will not pollute my Book with it. Though nobody sees the Thraliana but myself, I can not bear that our Father who seeth in Secret & is of purer Eyes than to behold uncleanness, should know my beastly privacies - though strongly tempted therefore to copy or get it by heart I have done neither, but returned it to Mrs Byron who lent it me - without any Comment. I cannot think of the Man's Name who wrote it but tis mightly clever in its way [italics] that it is [end italics].'

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Hester Lynch Thrale      Manuscript: Unknown


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