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Written for my Son in his Sickness, to one of his School fellows.

1 I little thought that honest Dick
2 Would slight me so, when I was sick.
3 Is he a Friend, who only stays,
4 Whilst Health and Pleasure gild our Days;
5 Flies, when Disease our Temper sours,
6 Nor helps to pass the gloomy Hours?
7 Says my Mamma, who loves to make
8 Reflections for her Childrens sake;
9 You see how mortal Friendship ends
10 My Child, secure celestial Friends:
11 Make Heav'n your chief, your early Care;
12 You'll meet no Disappointment there.
13 Build not on Length of Days, my Son;
14 Life's longest Race is quickly run.
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15 Lay hold on ev'ry coming Hour;
16 Do all the Good that's in your Pow'r:
17 This will the sinking Heart sustain,
18 When Cordials are dispens'd in vain;
19 Asswage the racking Pains, that seize
20 On Limbs devoted to Disease;
21 The Place of fleeting Friends supply;
22 Pour balmy Slumbers on thine Eye;
23 Shield thee from Terrors of the Night,
24 And wing thy Pray'rs to Realms of Light;
25 Thy ev'ry painful Care dismiss,
26 And crown thee with eternal Bliss.


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Title (in Source Edition): Written for my Son in his Sickness, to one of his School fellows.
Author: Mary Barber
Themes: illness; injury; friendship
Genres: complaint
References: DMI 11351

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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. 43-44. lx, 290,[14]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T42623; DMI 519; Foxon p. 45)

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