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The Works of the Rev. Jonathan Swift/Volume 7/On Mrs. Biddy Floyd

On Mrs. BIDDY FLOYD;


OR, THE RECEIPT TO FORM A BEAUTY[1].


WHEN Cupid did his grandsire Jove intreat
To form some Beauty by a new receipt,
Jove sent, and found, far in a country scene,
Truth, innocence, good nature, look serene:
From which ingredients first the dextrous boy
Pick'd the demure, the awkward, and the coy.
The Graces, from the court did next provide
Breeding, and wit, and air, and decent pride:
These Venus cleans from every spurious grain
Of nice, coquet, affected, pert, and vain.
Jove mix'd up all, and the best clay employed;
Then call'd the happy composition Floyd.


  1. An elegant Latin version of this "Receipt" is printed in the sixth volume of Dryden's Miscellanies.