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VERSES written on a Blank Leaf,

1 A Muse expiring, who with earliest voice,
2 Made kings and queens, and beauty's charms her choice,
3 Now on her death bed, the last homage pays,
4 O Queen, to thee; accept her dying lays.
5 So at th' approach of death the cygnet tries
6 To warble one note more, and singing dies.
7 Hail mighty Queen, whose powerful smiles alone
8 Command obedience and secure the throne.
9 Contending parties, and Plebeian rage,
10 Had puzzled Loyalty for half an age:
11 Conqu'ring our hearts you end the long dispute;
12 All who have eyes confess you absolute;
13 To Tory doctrines even Whigs resign,
14 And in your person own the right divine.
15 Thus sung the Muse, in her last moments fir'd
16 With CAROLINA'S praise, and then expir'd.

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    Title (in Source Edition): VERSES written on a Blank Leaf,
    Themes: monarchy (heads of state); poetry; literature; writing
    Genres: heroic couplet; panegyric
    References: DMI 17412

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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], p. 327. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.001) (Page images digitized by the Eighteenth-Century Poetry Archive from a copy in the archive's library.)

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