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The House of Socrates.

1 FOR Socrates a House was built,
2 Of but inferiour Size;
3 Not highly Arch'd, nor Carv'd, nor Gilt;
4 The Man, 'tis said, was Wise.
5 But Mob despis'd the little Cell,
6 That struck them with no Fear;
7 Whilst Others thought, there should not dwell
8 So great a Person there.
9 How shou'd a due Recourse be made
10 To One, so much Admir'd?
11 Where shou'd the spacious Cloth be laid,
12 Or where the Guests retir'd?
13 Believe me, quoth the list'ning Sage,
14 'T was not to save the Charge;
15 That in this over-building Age,
16 My House was not more large.
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17 But this for faithful Friends, and kind,
18 Was only meant by me;
19 Who fear that what too streight you find,
20 Must yet contracted be.


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Title (in Source Edition): The House of Socrates.
Themes: humour
Genres: philosophic poetry

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Winchilsea, Anne Kingsmill Finch, Countess of, 1661-1720. Miscellany poems, on several occasions: Written by the Right Honble Anne, Countess of Winchilsea. London: printed for J. B. and sold by Benj. Tooke, William Taylor, and James Round, 1713, pp. 124-125. [8],390p. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T94539; Foxon pp. 274-5; OTA K076314.000) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Buxton 100].)

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