16 January 2000
from Amelia, a Vahine; or: Innocence Abus’d.
Love’s Angel, born in Heav’nly skies,
Owns naught but Virtue in her eyes
Till Nature, wanton, Lust implies
And Eden’s Innocence decries.
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title - vahine - n. Polynesian term for a girl or maiden. In the novel, set in the Equatorial Pacific, a vahine is a serving-girl at a party, typically someone younger and of lower station who wishes to improve her standing amongst her social superiors