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To the Right Honourable John Barber, Esq
[ed.] "John Barber (1675-1741), [a] printer who corresponded with Swift. Lord Mayor of London 1732-33." (Tucker [1992], 225) (AH)
; Lord Mayor of London, on committing one of my Sons to his Care.

1 To the late King of Britain a Savage was brought,
2 Which wild in the Woods of Germania was caught.
3 This Present so princely was train'd up with Care;
4 And knew how to eat, and to jump, and to stare;
5 The Beaux, and the Belles, beheld it with Joy;
6 And at Court the high Mode was to see the Wild Boy.
7 Reflecting on this, with a politic View,
8 I determin'd to send such a Present to You.
9 In the Wilds of Hibernia this Boy was beset,
10 And caught (as the Natives are there) in a Net:
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11 The Creature has Sense, and, in my Eyes, is pretty,
12 With Talents to make a
* The City-Phrase for a rich Man.
good Man in the City;
13 Industrious, and orderly, prudent, and smart,
14 And not too much Conscience, nor too little Art;
15 Not scrup'lous, but honest, a Heart set on Gain,
16 Whose highest Ambition is fix'd on the Chain.
17 From You may he copy to wear it with Glory;
18 Like You, in Return be honour'd in Story.
September 29. 1733.


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Title (in Source Edition): To the Right Honourable John Barber, Esq; Lord Mayor of London, on committing one of my Sons to his Care.
Author: Mary Barber
Themes: parents; children; high society; court, the; nature
Genres: address
References: DMI 11604

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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. 232-233. lx, 290,[14]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T42623; DMI 519; Foxon p. 45)

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