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An Apology to Dr. Clayton, Bishop of Killala
[ed.] "Dr Robert Clayton (1695-1758), Bishop of Killala and Achonry 1729-30, Bishop of Cork and Ross 1735. His wife was Catherine Donnellan, daughter of the Irish Chief Justice." (Tucker [1992], 214-215) (AH)
, and his Lady, who had promis'd to dine with the Author.

1 My Lord of Killala, I find to my Sorrow,
2 I can't have the Honour I hop'd for, Tomorrow.
3 But why I'm so wretched, my
* The Lady who deliver'd the Apology, Dublin, May 2, 1730.
Friend must rehearse;
4 For I never can write my Vexations in Verse.
5 Disappointments are sent to poor Mortals to show,
6 'Tis in vain to expect to be happy below.
7 Yet you've a fair Prospect, it must be confess'd,
8 Who with Fortune, and Station, and Delia are bless'd;
9 With Delia, whose Soul is so fitted for you,
10 Who shares, with such Pleasure, the Good which you do;
11 Who visits your See with far other Designs,
12 Than conning your Rent-rolls, and raising your Fines.
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13 No longer let Rome her old Argument boast,
14 That by Marriage the End of the Priesthood is lost;
15 That, toil'd and entangled in Family Cares,
16 The Clergy forget their celestial Affairs:
17 For, had she known Delia, she must have confess'd,
18 That the Church, in the Marriage of Prelates, was bless'd.


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Title (in Source Edition): An Apology to Dr. Clayton, Bishop of Killala, and his Lady, who had promis'd to dine with the Author.
Author: Mary Barber
Themes: marriage; religion
Genres: occasional poem; apology
References: DMI 11540

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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. 94. 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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