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The Author's Silence excus'd.

1 Whilst You fair Masham entertain
2 With sense and sparkling wit;
3 A stranger to the flowing vein,
4 I all attention sit.
5 Let other Maids, of happier lungs,
6 The painful silence break;
7 I envy not their gift of tongues,
8 If You, or Masham speak.


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Title (in Source Edition): The Author's Silence excus'd.
Author: Mary Jones
Genres: ballad metre

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Jones, Mary, d. 1778. Miscellanies in Prose and Verse. By Mary Jones. Oxford: Printed; and delivered by Mr. Dodsley in Pall-Mall, Mr. Clements in Oxford, and Mr. Frederick in Bath, MDCCL., 1750, p. 133. vi,[1],xlv,[1],405p. (ESTC T115196) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Harding C 1723].)

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