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To my Ingenious Friend Mr. Flatman.

1 AS when the fam'd Artificer of Greece,
2 With wondrous Art but ill Success
3 Contriv'd his own and Captiv'd Son's Escape.
4 By Wings which He with inspir'd Craft did shape,
5 He taught the Youth how safely He might Glide,
6 And keep a Mean betwixt the Sun and Tide;
7 So you (Learn'd Friend) with equal Art
8 To me the Wings of poesie impart,
9 Besore me through the spacious Sphaere
10 A steddy Course you Steer,
11 There You securely Wonders act
12 And th' Eyes of All Attract,
13 Whilst I Unfortunate,
14 Like Icarus Die, but with less glorious Fate!
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15 He Soaring fell, I flag Below,
16 Where with damp Wings disabled to pursue
17 I yield me Lost, and plunging down
18 In deep oblivion Drown.


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Title (in Source Edition): ODE. To my Ingenious Friend Mr. Flatman.
Author: Nahum Tate
Genres: ode

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Tate, Nahum, c. 1652-1715. Poems by N. Tate. London: Printed by T.M. for Benj. Tooke ..., 1677, pp. 67-68. [15],133p. (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Harding C 2953].)

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