I HAVE received both your favours The Muse alone must tell my joy.

1 O'ERWHELM'D with pleasure at the joyful news,
2 I strung the chorded shell, and woke the Muse.
3 Begin, O Servant of the Sacred Nine!
4 And echo joy through ev'ry nervous line:
5 Bring down th' etherial Choir to aid the Song;
6 Let boundless raptures smoothly glide along.
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7 My Baker's well! Oh words of sweet delight!
8 Now! now! my Muse, soar up th' Olympic height.
9 What wond'rous numbers can the Goddess find,
10 To paint th' extatic raptures of my mind?
11 I leave it to a Goddess more divine,
12 The beauteous H—l—d shall employ my line.


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Title (in Source Edition): TO A FRIEND.
Genres: heroic couplet; address

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Chatterton, Thomas, 1752-1770. A Supplement to the Miscellanies of Thomas Chatterton London: printed for T. Becket, in Pall-Mall; Bookseller to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, and Their Royal Highnesses the Princes. MDCCLXXXIV., 1784, pp. []-2. [6],ii,88p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T48948; OTA K045459.000)

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