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To the Right Hon. the Earl of Orrery
[ed.] John Boyle (13 January 1707 - 16 November 1762), writer and friend of Swift, Pope, and Johnson. (AH)
, on his Promise to sup with the Author.

1 Tho' the Muse had deny'd me so often before,
2 I ventur'd this Day to invoke her once more.
3 She ask'd what I wanted; I said, with Delight,
4 Your Lordship had promis'd to sup here To-night;
5 That on an Occasion so much to my Honour,
6 I hop'd she'd excuse me for calling upon her.
7 To this she reply'd, with Disdain in her Looks:
8 If that be the Case, go summon your Cooks.
9 I told her in Answer, How little you eat;
10 That in vain I should hope to regale you with Meat;
11 That she knew, Wit and Humour to you were a Feast,
12 Who had, tho' no Stomach, an excellent Taste.
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13 This calm'd her Resentment; she paus'd for a while
14 Then the Goddess, propitious, reply'd with a Smile:
15 If with Humour and Wit you would have him delighted.
16 What need I be call'd? Let the Dean be invited.
17 The Bus'ness is done, if with him you prevail;
18 For a Boyle, and a Swift, will each other regale.
Capel-street, Dublin, Jan. 24. 1732.


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Title (in Source Edition): To the Right Hon. the Earl of Orrery, on his Promise to sup with the Author.
Author: Mary Barber
Themes: food; drink
Genres: epistle
References: DMI 11582

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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, pp. 171-172. 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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