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Sent as from a School-fellow to my Son

Anno 1727.

1 I grieve to see you waste your Time,
2 And turn your Thoughts so much to Rhyme,
3 Be wise your useless Views resign,
4 And fly the fair, delusive Nine.
5 I know, they try their wonted Art,
6 To win your easy, youthful Heart;
7 They talk of an immortal Name,
8 And promise you the Realms of Fame:
9 A mighty Empire, Con. 'tis true,
10 But wondrous small the Revenue!
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11 They'll tell you too, to gain their Ends,
12 That Verse will raise you pow'rful Friends.
13 Believe me, Youth, this is not true:
14 The Great think ev'ry Thing their Due.

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Title (in Source Edition): Sent as from a School-fellow to my Son Anno 1727.
Author: Mary Barber
Themes: advice; moral precepts; poetry; literature; writing
Genres: epistle
References: DMI 11545

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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. 105-106. lx, 290,[14]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T42623; DMI 519; Foxon p. 45)

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