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VERSE.

1 YOU ask why in that garland fair,
2 Where various sweets abound,
3 A certain flow'r of merit rare
4 Is no where to be found?
5 Why the same florist thought not meet
6 To give that bloom its due?
7 Since none can odours yield more sweet,
8 Or boast a brighter hue.
9 Then know, the modest swain, my friend,
10 Who cull'd those flow'rs so gay,
11 Meant others worth to recommend,
12 And not his own display.
13 But if this blooming wreath had been
14 Twin'd by another's care,
15 Dodsley, thy flow'r, we then had seen
16 Shining distinguish'd there.

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    Title (in Source Edition): VERSE.
    Themes: poetry; literature; writing
    Genres: address
    References: DMI 31266

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    A collection of the most esteemed pieces of poetry: that have appeared for several years. With variety of originals, by the late Moses Mendez, Esq; and other contributors to Dodsley's collection. To which this is intended as a supplement. London: printed for Richardson and Urquhart, 1767, p. 215. [8],320p. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T124631; DMI 1073; OTA K099398.000) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian [Harding C 148].)

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