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To Mrs. Mary CÆsar
[ed.] "Mary Freeman, friend of Swift, who saw her as promoter and protector of Mary Barber when the latter was in England." (Tucker [1992], 221) (AH)
, upon seeing her just after the Marriage of her Friend, the Lady Margaret Harley
[ed.] "On 11 July 1734 Margaret, daughter of Edward Harley, Earl of Oxford and Mortimer, (son of Swift's patron, the Tory Prime Minister from 1710-14) married William Bentinck, second Duke of Portland. She appears frequently in Swift's correspondence." (Tucker [1992], 226) (AH)

1 I read in your delighted Face,
2 The Nuptial Bands are ty'd:
3 From me congratulate her Grace,
4 Young Portland's lovely Bride.
5 Tell her, an humble, artless Muse
6 Would hail the happy Pair;
7 But that, like Flow'rs by deadly Dews,
8 Her Strains are damp'd by Care.
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9 Those whom the tuneful Nine inspire,
10 Have now a spacious Field:
11 To them I must resign the Lyre,
12 To none in Wishes yield.
13 May Prudence still the Fair attend,
14 Who, with distinguish'd Taste,
15 In CÆsar early chose a Friend,
16 With ev'ry Virtue grac'd:
17 Who back a thousand Years may trace,
18 And her Descent maintain,
19 From
* Sir Julius Ademar, descended from Baron Ademar, who was Count of Genoa in the Reign of Charlemain, added the Name of CÆsar to his own, by the Command of Queen Elizabeth, he being Grandson by the Female Line to the Duke De CÆsarini.
Ademar's illustrious Race,
20 Ally'd to Charlemain.


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Title (in Source Edition): To Mrs. Mary CÆsar, upon seeing her just after the Marriage of her Friend, the Lady Margaret Harley.
Author: Mary Barber
Themes: marriage; virtue; vice
Genres: occasional poem
References: DMI 11613

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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. 243-244. lx, 290,[14]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T42623; DMI 519; Foxon p. 45)

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