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[Inscription] IV.

1 O YOUTHS and virgins: O declining eld:
2 O pale misfortune's slaves: O ye who dwell
3 Unknown with humble quiet; ye who wait
4 In courts, or fill the golden seat of kings:
5 O sons of sport and pleasure: O thou wretch
6 That weep'st for jealous love, or the sore wounds
7 Of conscious guilt, or death's rapacious hand
8 Which left thee void of hope: O ye who roam
9 In exile; ye who through the embattled field
10 Seek bright renown; or who for nobler palms
11 Contend, the leaders of a public cause;
12 Approach: behold this marble. Know ye not
13 The features? Hath not oft his faithful tongue
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14 Told you the fashion of your own estate,
15 The secrets of your bosom? Here then, round
16 His monument with reverence while ye stand,
17 Say to each other: "Thi was Shakespear's form;
18 "Who walk'd in every path of human life,
19 "Felt every passion; and to all mankind
20 "Doth now, will ever that experience yield
21 "Which his own genius only could acquire."


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Title (in Source Edition): [Inscription] IV.
Author: Mark Akenside
Themes: poetry; literature; writing; fame
Genres: blank verse; inscription
References: DMI 27807

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Dodsley, Robert, 1703-1764. A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. VI. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758], pp. 32-33. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.006) (Page images digitized by the Eighteenth-Century Poetry Archive from a copy in the archive's library.)

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