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1 Let 'em Censure: what care I?
2 The Herd of Criticks I defie.
3 Let the Wretches know, I write
4 Regardless of their Grace, or Spight.
5 No, no: the Fair, the Gay, the Young
6 Govern the Numbers of my Song.
7 All that They approve is sweet:
8 And All is Sense, that They repeat.
9 Bid the warbling Nine retire:
10 Venus, String thy Servant's Lyre:
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11 Love shall be my endless Theme:
12 Pleasure shall triumph over Fame:
13 And when these Maxims I decline,
14 Apollo, may Thy Fate be Mine:
15 May I grasp at empty Praise;
16 And lose the Nymph, to gain the Bays.


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Title (in Source Edition): IN IMITATION OF ANACREON.
Author: Matthew Prior
Genres: imitation

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Prior, Matthew, 1664-1721. Poems on Several Occasions [English poems only]. London: Printed for JACOB TONSON at Shakespear's-Head over against Katharine-Street in the Strand, and JOHN BARBER upon Lambeth-Hill. MDCCXVIII., 1718, pp. 50-51. [42],506,[6]p.: ill.; 2°. (ESTC T075639) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [H 6.8 Art.].)

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