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To her Grace the Dutchess of Manchester
[ed.] Isabella Montagu, daughter of John Montagu, 2nd Duke of Montagu, and his wife Lady Mary Churchill, married William Montagu, 2nd Duke of Manchester, on 16 April 1723. (AH)
, and Lady Diana Spencer, now Dutchess of Bedford
[ed.] Lady Diana Spencer, youngest daughter of Charles Spencer third Earl of Sunderland and his wife Lady Anne Churchill, married John Russell, 4th Duke of Bedford, in October 1731. (AH)

The humble Petition of little Jemmy Pen, at Tunbridge-Wells.

1 Madam, I hear, and hear with Sorrow,
2 That we're to lose Your Grace To-morrow;
3 Nor you alone, but Lady Di.
4 Where, thus deserted, shall I fly?
5 Am I condemn'd to live in Pain,
6 Till distant Autumn comes again?
7 Till Time, in Pity to my Grief,
8 Shall bring you back to my Relief?
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9 Do not, relentless, let me moan;
10 O take me, Ladies, as your own!
11 Tho' Thousands have your Rigour felt,
12 Let me your lovely Bosoms melt:
13 Since you to win my Heart have deign'd,
14 Quit not the Conquest you have gain'd:
15 Nor Marlbro's glorious Footsteps shun;
16 He always kept the Field he won.
Written at Tunbridge-Wells, August, 1730.


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Title (in Source Edition): To her Grace the Dutchess of Manchester, and Lady Diana Spencer, now Dutchess of Bedford. The humble Petition of little Jemmy Pen, at Tunbridge-Wells.
Author: Mary Barber
Themes: patronage
Genres: address
References: DMI 11553

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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. 122-123. lx, 290,[14]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T42623; DMI 519; Foxon p. 45)

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