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On SHAKESPEAR'S Monument at Stratford upon Avon.

1 GREAT HOMER'S birth sev'n rival cities claim,
2 Too mighty such monopoly of Fame;
3 Yet not to birth alone did HOMER owe
4 His wond'rous worth; what EGYPT could bestow,
5 With all the schools of GREECE and ASIA join'd,
6 Enlarg'd th' immense expansion of his mind.
7 Nor yet unrival'd the MAEONIAN strain,
8 The
a Milton.
British Eagle, and the Mantuan Swan
9 Tow'r equal heights. But happier STRATFORD, thou
10 With incontested laurels deck thy brow:
11 Thy Bard was thine unschool'd, and from thee brought
12 More than all EGYPT, GREECE, or ASIA taught.
13 Not HOMER'S self such matchless honours won;
14 The Greek has Rivals, but thy SHAKESPEAR none.


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    Title (in Source Edition): On SHAKESPEAR'S Monument at Stratford upon Avon.
    Author: Thomas Seward
    Themes: places; poetry; literature; writing
    Genres: heroic couplet
    References: DMI 22492

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    A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. II. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758], p. 300. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.002)

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