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The ANSWER.

1 WHEN I, in feeble Verse, essay'd
2 NASSAU and ANNA's Praise,
3 A Lyric Muse flew o'er my Head,
4 And dropp'd a Branch of Bays:
5 I would have fix'd it on my Brow;
6 But PHOEBUS said, Forbear;
7 'Tis Vanity to touch the Bough,
8 And Sacrilege, to wear.
9 Give it the Bard, who boldly dares
10 Attempt the Roman Lyre;
11 Who wisely checks, but not impairs
12 The tow'ring PINDAR's Fire.
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13 Thus, Sir, to you, in PHOEBUS' Name,
14 The Laurel Wreath I send;
15 And, since the God denies me Fame,
16 Am glad it crowns my Friend.

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Title (in Source Edition): The ANSWER.
Author: Stephen Duck
Themes: poetry; literature; writing
Genres: occasional poem

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Poems on several occasions: By Stephen Duck. London: printed for the author, 1736, pp. 193-194. xl,334,[2]p. ; 4⁰. (ESTC T90234; OTA K073280.000)

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