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TO THE MEMORY OF THE LATE DUKE OF BRIDGEWATER, MDCCXLVIII.

1 PAtient to hear, and bounteous to bestow;
2 A mind that melted at another's woe;
3 Studious to act the self-approving part,
4 That midnight music of the honest heart;
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5 These silent joys th' illustrious youth possest,
6 This cloudless sunshine of th' unsullied breast:
7 From pride of peerage, and from folly free;
8 Life's early morn fair Virtue gave to thee.
9 The tear no longer stole from Sorrow's eye,
10 And Poverty rejoic'd, when he was nigh;
11 Like Titus, knew the value of a day,
12 And Want went smiling from his gates away.
13 Titles and rank are borrow'd from the throne:
14 These honours, Egerton, were all thy own.

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Title (in Source Edition): TO THE MEMORY OF THE LATE DUKE OF BRIDGEWATER, MDCCXLVIII.
Themes: virtue; vice; death
Genres: heroic couplet; elegy
References: DMI 30842

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A collection of poems in four volumes. By several hands. Vol. IV. [The second edition]. London: printed for G. Pearch, 1770, pp. 206-207. 4v. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T116245; DMI 1137; OTA K093079.004)

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