Advise to Young Ladies

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A.D. Hope, Collected Poems: 1930-1970 (Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1972): 207-208. PR 6015.O55 A17 1972 Robarts Library
1A.U.C. 334: about this date
2For a sexual misdemeanour, which she denied,
3The vestal virgin Postumia was tried.
4Livy records it among affairs of state.
5They let her off: it seems she was perfectly pure;
6The charge arose because some thought her talk
7Too witty for a young girl, her eyes, her walk
8Took lively, her clothes too smart to be demure.
9The Pontifex Maximus, summing up the case,
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Ian Lancashire
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