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1 The Favours of Fortune I once hop'd to gain,
2 And often invok'd her, but ever in vain.
3 She despis'd my Addresses, which gave me such Grief,
4 I flew to the Muses, in Hopes of Relief.
5 Ah Wretch that I was! I might very well know,
6 'Twas the Method to make her for ever my Foe.
7 They laugh'd at the Goddess, and bid me despise her;
8 But Time and Experience have made me grow wiser.
9 This unhappy Mistake I resolve to repair.
10 O Fortune! thy Votaries must persevere.


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Title (in Source Edition): The RESOLUTION.
Author: Mary Barber
Themes: fate; fortune; providence
Genres: epigram
References: DMI 11350

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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, 1734, p. 42. xlviii,283,[7]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T42622; DMI 519; Foxon p. 45) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Harding C 3644].)

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