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The Match.

1 BY what wild Frenzy was I Led,
2 That with a Muse I needs must Wed?
3 Whose Dow'r consists of pop'lar Fame,
4 The short Possession of a Name!
5 Yet with what Trouble and Debate
6 The owner holds this poor Estate?
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7 Where after long Expence and Toil
8 He Starves on the Ungrateful Soil.
9 The Fields and Groves which Poets feign
10 The curious Fancy Entertain,
11 But yeild no nourishing Grain or Fruit,
12 The craving Stomach to recruit.
13 With Thirsty Tongue the Rhymer Sings
14 Of Nectar and Olympian Springs.
15 And such I fear the Faiery ground
16 Of their Elysium will be found.
17 A meer Fools Paradise, and fit
18 For such as will be Men of Wit.
19 Yet fain wou'd I that Rhymer know,
20 That Raves not of th' Shades below,
21 Whose Verse describes not there each Hill,
22 Each Flow'ry Vale and wandring Rill,
23 With such praecise particular Care,
24 As He had been a Native there;
25 When (maugre all his Art and Pains)
26 What are his Gay Elysian Plains
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27 But an Imaginary Cheat,
28 Utopia's form'd i'th' wild Conceit,
29 When with Poetick Calenture
30 'Tis seiz'd, and Death alone can Cure.


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Title (in Source Edition): The Match.
Author: Nahum Tate

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Tate, Nahum, c. 1652-1715. Poems by N. Tate. London: Printed by T.M. for Benj. Tooke ..., 1677, pp. 69-71. [15],133p. (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Harding C 2953].)

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