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To Mrs. S—
[ed.] "Mrs Sican, known as 'Psyche', friend of Mary Barber and Swift; one of Swift's 'triumfeminate' with Constantia Grierson and Mary Barber." (Tucker [1992], 219) (AH)

Written in my Sickness.

1 Dear Psyche, come, with chearful Face,
2 And bless this desolated Place.
3 O come! my sickly Couch attend,
4 And ease the Anguish of your Friend.
5 Thy Soul, with ev'ry Grace supply'd,
6 Thy gen'rous Soul, in Friendship try'd,
7 With Wit, and nervous Sense delights;
8 And steals away the tardy Nights.
9 Whilst others to Diversions fly,
10 You watch the Sleep-forsaken Eye:
11 To Thee was giv'n the won'drous Pow'r,
12 To gild the melancholy Hour,
13 To sooth the long-distracted Brain,
14 And conquer ev'n the Tyrant Pain.


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Title (in Source Edition): To Mrs. S—. Written in my Sickness.
Author: Mary Barber
Themes: illness; injury; friendship
Genres: epistle
References: DMI 11557

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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. 131. 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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