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1 YES, yes, my friend, my heart I own
2 Was weak, was vain enough to've shewn
3 That ode amongst its betters;
4 But Prudence whisper'd in my ear,
5 Be diffident, nor press so near
6 To rank with men of letters.
7 Aim not in that selected wreath,
8 Where buds of sweetest odours breath,
9 To mix thy fainter blooms;
10 Nor dare to place with flow'rs so bright,
11 Pale hemlock, and cold aconite,
12 To poison their perfumes.
13 Abash'd I listen'd, yet obey'd
14 The friendly voice, and to the shade
15 Melpomene was driven;
16 But mark the event, 'tis hence she shines,
17 With lustre from your partial lines
18 Her own could ne'er have given.


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Title (in Source Edition): MR. DODSLEY's ANSWER.
Themes: poetry; literature; writing
Genres: answer/reply; answer/reply
References: DMI 31267

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Mendez, Moses. 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. 216. [8],320p. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T124631; DMI 1073; OTA K099398.000) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Harding C 148].)

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