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1 Shall this Day unheeded fly,
2 And like vulgar days pass by?
3 Dull as tho' I be,
4 Shall it pass unsung by Me?
5 No, when I this Day forget,
6 May I share that Poet's fate!
7 Singing what is daily said,
8 Rhyming what is never read.
9 Now for Blessings, such as ease,
10 Health and joy, long life and peace.
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11 Pray we next for Poets may
12 Sure, as well as Prose-Folks, pray
13 And as this Day rolls around,
14 May you still be perfect found:
15 Still, in Virtue's noble race,
16 Pressing for the foremost place;
17 Scorning all that's low, or lewd,
18 Daring to be great and good:
19 Till your race of life is done,
20 And the glorious meed your own;
21 Such as Angels now receive,
22 Such as Heav'n alone can give.


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Title (in Source Edition): BIRTH-DAY.
Author: Mary Jones
Genres: occasional poem

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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, pp. 138-139. vi,[1],xlv,[1],405p. (ESTC T115196) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Harding C 1723].)

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