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A Letter written from London to Mrs. Strangeways Horner
[ed.] "Mrs. Strangeways Horner, probably the heiress of Thomas Strangeways of Melbury Park. She lived at Mells Park near Frome, Somerset. The family became Strangeways-Fox." (Tucker [1992], 220) (AH)
, whom the Author had left the Day before at Tunbridge-Wells.

Oct. 1730.

1 Say, my Hortensia, in this silent Hour,
2 When the pale Queen of Night exerts her Pow'r,
3 What Guardian-Angels on thy Slumbers wait,
4 To paint the Glories of thy future State;
5 To shew what Mansions, in the Realms divine,
6 Are set apart for Souls, refin'd as thine?
7 Tho' thither, wing'd with Hope, thy Virtues soar,
8 Late, very late, may'st thou those Realms explore!
9 Adas! I left thee sick: O Shame to tell!
10 I should have staid to see Hortensia well:
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11 But dire Necessity, relentless, sway'd;
12 She, stern, enjoin'd, unwilling I obey'd.
13 Torn from thy Sight, how have I dragg'd the Day ,
14 Which, in thy Presence, flew too swift away!
15 How shall I pass the melancholy Night?
16 When will the Post arrive, and give Delight?
17 Of thy returning Health when shall I hear?
18 Fain would I hope, tho' quite depress'd with Fear.
19 O Pow'r supreme! yet, yet, Hortensia spare;
20 The Stranger, and the Wretched, are her Care:
21 Snatch her not hence; we cannot let her go;
22 Still let her be thy Substitute below,
23 To raise the sinking Heart, to heal Distress;
24 To Her was giv'n the Will and Pow'r to bless.
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25 O would Heav'n grant me, ere I cross the Main,
26 To see thy Face, Hortensia, once again!
27 But I must hasten to Hibernia's Shore;
28 And never, never, shall behold thee more.


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Title (in Source Edition): A Letter written from London to Mrs. Strangeways Horner, whom the Author had left the Day before at Tunbridge-Wells. Oct. 1730.
Author: Mary Barber
Themes: grief; sadness; melancholy; illness; injury; friendship
Genres: heroic couplet; epistle
References: DMI 11567

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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. 154-156. lx, 290,[14]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T42623; DMI 519; Foxon p. 45)

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