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To his Grace the Duke of Chandos
[ed.] "James Brydges, first Duke of Chandos. By 1738 Swift became 'incensed with the Duke's incivility' and wrote 'The Dean and the Duke', first published in 1765." (Tucker [1992], 212) (AH)

1 Were Princes grac'd with Souls like thine,
2 Princes had still been deem'd divine.
3 Such Merit as we find in thee,
4 First introduc'd Idolatry;
5 When an excelling Form and Mind,
6 Delighting, had misled Mankind;
7 Inspiring with an awful Sense
8 Of infinite Beneficence.
9 Were Kings elective, Realms would sue,
10 Contending to be sway'd by you.
11 Yet, tho' no regal Throne is thine,
12 Thou hast no Reason to repine;
13 Since Heav'n, that gave the Monarch's Heart,
14 Bestow'd thee far the nobler Part.


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Title (in Source Edition): To his Grace the Duke of Chandos.
Author: Mary Barber
Themes: virtue; vice
Genres: panegyric
References: DMI 11369

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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. 57. 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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