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An Invitation to Edward Walpole, Esq
[ed.] "Edward Walpole was the second son of Robert Walpole." (Tucker [1992], 225) (AH)
; upon hearing he was landed in Dublin.

1 When I heard you were landed, I flew to the Nine,
2 Intreating their Aid to invite you to dine.
3 They told me, I came on that Errand too late;
4 For you were engag'd by the Rich, and the Great.
5 Already! said I; they were speedy indeed:
6 However I'll try, and I hope to succeed.
7 Those Creatures of Power, who your Levee attend,
8 If your Father were out, their Conge's would end:
9 Tho' your personal Merit is great, 'tis allow'd;
10 'Tis the Son of the Statesman, that weighs with the Croud.
11 I expect not a Place, nor hope for a Pension,
12 The Love of the Muse is my only Pretension.
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13 I hate to abuse and I never can flatter:
14 I write for no Party, nor either bespatter.
15 From the Lands of Parnassus the Rents are ill-paid,
16 And England has cruelly cramp'd us in Trade:
17 So look not for China, or Service of Plate,
18 Or ought that is costly, to tempt you to eat.
19 Yet a Way to engage you I think I have hit on:
20 I mean, to remember our Friends in Great-Britain.
21 Two Bottles of Wine, and two Dishes I'll give:
22 Then fly from the Crouds that oppress you and live.
23 The first Glass shall welcome you, Sir, to our Coast;
24 And dear Lady
* Charlotte Lady Conway.
Conway shall be my next Toast.
25 With Mirth, and good Humour, I'll make up the Treat;
26 I know you're too wise, to love dining in State.


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Title (in Source Edition): An Invitation to Edward Walpole, Esq; upon hearing he was landed in Dublin.
Author: Mary Barber
Themes: poetry; literature; writing; friendship
Genres: epistle
References: DMI 11595

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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. 196-197. 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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