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Written for my Son, to Mr. Barry
[ed.] "Possibly Henry Barry, born 1710, who became Baron Santry on the death of his father in 1735. He was tried for murder in 1738." (Tucker [1992], 214) (AH)
; occasion'd by the foregoing Verses.

1 Since Phoebus makes your Verse divine,
2 Since the God glows in ev'ry Line;
3 Why should you think, but I, with Ease,
4 Might write my native, artless Lays?
5 My Mother told me many a Time,
6 That Double-dealing was a Crime:
7 Alas! and is it only so,
8 In us, whose Birth and Fortune's low?
9 For you, tho' nobly born, descend
10 To injure, yet appear a Friend;
11 And seem to make my Praise your Aim,
12 With more Success to wound my Fame.
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13 So your Apollo's Priests, of old,
14 (As by his Poets we are told)
15 With glorious Wreaths the Victim drest;
16 Then plung'd the Poniard in his Breast.


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Title (in Source Edition): Written for my Son, to Mr. Barry; occasion'd by the foregoing Verses.
Author: Mary Barber
Themes: poetry; literature; writing; parents; children
Genres: answer/reply
References: DMI 11400

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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. 85-86. 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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