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SONNET I.

1 O*, whom virtue makes the worthy heir
2 Of **'s titles, and of *'s estate,
3 Blest in a wife, whose beauty, though so rare,
4 Is the least grace of all that round her wait,
5 While other youths, sprung from the good and great,
6 In devious paths of pleasure seek their bane,
7 Reckless of wisdom's lore, of birth, or state,
8 Meanly debauch'd, or insolently vain;
9 Through Virtue's sacred gate to Honour's fane
10 You and your fair associate ceaseless climb
11 With glorious emulation, sure to gain
12 A meed, shall last beyond the reign of Time:
13 From your example long may Britain see,
14 Degenerate Britain, what the great should be.

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    Title (in Source Edition): SONNET I.
    Themes: virtue; vice; high society; the court
    Genres: sonnet; Italian (Petrarchan) sonnet; panegyric
    References: DMI 23516

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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. 322. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.002)

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