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To the Author of a Poem on the Duke of Lorrain's Arrival at the British Court.

1 IS DENHAM's nervous Muse reviv'd again,
2 To hail the Regal Visit of LORRAIN?
3 Or is it POPE's harmonious Voice we hear,
4 Or whose majestic Numbers charm our Ear?
5 What modest Youth fears to expose his Name,
6 When ev'ry Line so justly merits Fame?
7 LORRAIN may learn to rule of Britain's KING;
8 But British Bards may learn of Thee to sing.
9 Whoe'er thou art, these feeble Lays receive,
10 Tho' I this Tribute with Reluctance give;
11 For, when my Eye thy pompous Verse surveys,
12 I read with Wonder, but with Envy praise.
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13 SO, when Britannia's Senators contest,
14 And jarring Feuds enrage the Patriot's Breast;
15 If some judicious Speech great WALPOLE makes,
16 Opposing Parties praise him, while he speaks;
17 His Foes resign the long-disputed Cause;
18 And, spite of Malice, Envy gives Applause.


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Title (in Source Edition): To the Author of a Poem on the Duke of Lorrain's Arrival at the British Court.
Author: Stephen Duck
Themes: poetry; literature; writing
Genres: heroic couplet; occasional poem

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Duck, Stephen, 1705-1756. Poems on several occasions: By Stephen Duck. London: printed for the author, 1736, pp. 169-170. xl,334,[2]p. ; 4⁰. (ESTC T90234; OTA K073280.000)

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