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Reply to the foregoing Verses.

1 Why did I hope to make your Anguish less?
2 I try'd to cure, and I have caught, Distress.
3 Suppress your Sighs, dry up your Tears; 'tis Time:
4 Excess of Virtue may become a Crime.
5 You lost, you say, a Friend, and Father too;
6 But know, Mankind would lose a Friend in you.


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Title (in Source Edition): Reply to the foregoing Verses.
Author: Mary Barber
Themes: grief; sadness; melancholy
Genres: answer/reply
References: DMI 11574

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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. 160. 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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