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[Martial] Lib. XI. Epigr. XLIII.

1 THere's not a drowsie Alderman i'th'Town,
2 But I'l engage more nobly shall requite
3 Dull hobling Meeter on his Beard and Gown,
4 Than you the most elab'rate lines I write.
5 And yet your Worship still gives me strict charge
6 To write in Honour of your Patronage;
7 And that my thoughts upon the Theam be large,
8 And fav'ring of the smartness of the Age.
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9 Troth Sir, you have less Conscience than a Turk,
10 To put an honest Muse on Conjuring Work,
11 To make Wesphalia Hams of English Pork.


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Title (in Source Edition): [Martial] Lib. XI. Epigr. XLIII.
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. 86-87. [15],133p. (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Harding C 2953].)

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