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A Poem. Occasion'd by a Friend's resenting some Advice I gave.

1 Sincerity, what are thy Views;
2 No more my Breast attend.
3 By thee, alas! we often lose,
4 But seldom gain a Friend.
5 No more with dang'rous Zeal presume
6 To warn whom you esteem:
7 Be wise, or I foresee your Doom;
8 Impertinence you'll seem.
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9 A thousand Ills from thee I've found;
10 A thousand more I fear.
11 In Worlds like this, should you abound?
12 What Bus'ness have you here?
13 But if you still must haunt my Breast,
14 To Desarts we'll repair;
15 Or seek the Mansions of the Blest;
16 They know your Value there.


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Title (in Source Edition): SINCERITY. A Poem. Occasion'd by a Friend's resenting some Advice I gave.
Author: Mary Barber
Themes: advice; moral precepts; manners
Genres: address; occasional poem
References: DMI 11339

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Poems on Several Occasions [poems only]. London: Printed for C. Rivington, at the Bible and Crown in St. Paul's Church-Yard, 1735, pp. 28-29. lx, 290,[14]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T42623; DMI 519; Foxon p. 45)

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