MS: 'Handsome Nell', also known as 'Once I loved a bonie Lass'

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MS: 'Handsome Nell', also known as 'Once I loved a bonie Lass'

But for a modest gracefu' mien,
The like I never saw.

A bonie lass, I will confess,
Is pleasant to the e'e;
But without some better qualities
She's no a lass for me.

But Nelly's looks are blyth and sweet,
Good-humor'd, frank and free;
And still the more I view them o'er.
The more they captive me.

A gaudy dress and gentle air
May [page torn] touch the heart;
But it's innocence and Modesty
That polishes the dart.

Tis this in Nelly pleases me,
Tis this enchants my soul;
For absolutely in my breast
She reigns without controul.
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