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Written for my Son, and spoken by him at School to some of the Fellows of the College of Dublin
[ed.] "Trinity College, University of Dublin, where Constantine Barber was a student." (Tucker [1992], 211) (AH)
, at a public Examination for Victors.

1 When Athens was for Arts and Arms renown'd,
2 Olympic Wreaths uncommon Merit crown'd.
3 These slight Distinctions from the Learn'd and Wise,
4 Convey'd eternal Honour with the Prize:
5 'Twas this, the gen'rous Love of Fame inspir'd,
6 And Grecian Breasts with noblest Ardor fir'd.
7 For like Rewards like Judges we implore:
8 Immortal Fame, with Grecian Arts, restore:
9 Our growing Merit with Indulgence view;
10 And sure you'll favour what distinguish'd you.
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11 Leave Ignorance and Sloth to Scorn and Shame;
12 But crown the Worthy with immortal Fame;
13 And Fame, conferr'd by you, can never fail:
14 What Men have purchas'd, they of Right entail.


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Title (in Source Edition): Written for my Son, and spoken by him at School to some of the Fellows of the College of Dublin, at a public Examination for Victors.
Author: Mary Barber
Themes: education
Genres: occasional poem
References: DMI 11337

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Barber, Mary, ca. 1690-1757. Poems on Several Occasions [poems only]. London: Printed for C. Rivington, at the Bible and Crown in St. Paul's Church-Yard, 1735, pp. 20-21. lx, 290,[14]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T42623; DMI 519; Foxon p. 45)

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