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An EPIGRAM.

On the Reverend Mr. LAURENCE ECHARD's, and Bishop GILBERT BURNET's Histories.

1 GIL'S history appears to me
2 Political anatomy,
3 A case of skeletons well done,
4 And malefactors every one.
5 His sharp and strong incision pen
6 Historically cuts up men,
7 And does with lucid skill impart
8 Their inward ails of head and heart.
9 LAURENCE proceeds another way,
10 And well-dress'd figures doth display:
11 His characters are all in flesh,
12 Their hands are fair, their faces fresh;
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13 And from his sweet'ning art derive
14 A better scent than when alive.
15 He wax-work made to please the sons,
16 Whose fathers were GIL'S skeletons.

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    Title (in Source Edition): An EPIGRAM. On the Reverend Mr. LAURENCE ECHARD's, and Bishop GILBERT BURNET's Histories.
    Author: Matthew Green
    Themes: poetry; literature; writing; history
    Genres: epigram
    References: DMI 21893

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    A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. I. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758], pp. 146-147. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.001)

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