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To Lady H—r, who ask'd, Had the Author done writing Verses?

1 Tell me, my Patroness, and Friend,
2 Can Age Parnassian Heights ascend?
3 Sweet Poesy's light Footsteps trace?
4 Ah no! I must give up the Chace:
5 When Time the Head hath silver'd o'er,
6 The dear Delusion charms no more.
7 But why hast thou, with Taste endow'd,
8 At Phoebus' Altar never bow'd?
9 Shall Books engross thee all the Day?
10 When, lo! he waits to grace thy Lay.

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Title (in Source Edition): To Lady H—r, who ask'd, Had the Author done writing Verses?
Author: Mary Barber
Themes: poetry; literature; writing
Genres: address
References: DMI 11652

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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, p. 277. lx, 290,[14]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T42623; DMI 519; Foxon p. 45)

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