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To a Gentleman, who had abus'd Waller.

1 I grieve to think that Waller's blam'd,
2 Waller, so long, so justly, fam'd.
3 Then own your Verses writ in Haste,
4 Or I shall say, you've lost your Taste.
5 Perhaps your loyal Heart disdains
6 A Poet, who could take such Pains,
7 To tune his sweet, immortal Lays
8 To an usurping Tyrant's Praise:
9 And, where you hate the Man, I see,
10 You never like his Poetry.
11 The Truth of this your Verse discovers;
12 So you abus'd the Conscious Lovers.
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13 Tho' in your Principles you glory,
14 The Muses are nor Whig nor Tory:
15 So from your Sentence they appeal,
16 Nor will be judg'd by Party Zeal.
17 Whene'er a Poet's to be try'd,
18 Let Pope hereafter be your Guide.
19 "
* Essay on Criticism.
Survey the Whole, nor seek slight Faults to find,
20 "Where Nature moves, and Rapture warms the Mind.


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Title (in Source Edition): To a Gentleman, who had abus'd Waller.
Author: Mary Barber
Themes: poetry; literature; writing
Genres: admonition
References: DMI 11392

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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, pp. 80-81. 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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