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SONNET X.

To the Author of Observations on the Conversion and Apostleship of St. PAUL.

1 O***, great meed shalt thou receive,
2 Great meed of fame, thou and thy learn'd compeer,
3 Who 'gainst the sceptic's doubt, and scorner's sneer,
4 Assert those heav'n-born truths, which you believe.
5 In elder time thus heroes wont t' atchieve
6 Renown, they held the faith of JESUS dear,
7 And round their ivy-crown, or laurell'd spear,
8 Blush'd not religion's olive branch to weave.
9 Thus Raleigh, thus immortal Sidney shone
10 (Illustrious names) in great Elisa's days.
11 Nor doubt his promise firm, that such who own
12 In evil times, undaunted, though alone,
13 His glorious truth, such he will crown with praise,
14 And glad agnize before his Father's throne.

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    Title (in Source Edition): SONNET X. To the Author of Observations on the Conversion and Apostleship of St. PAUL.
    Themes: religion
    Genres: sonnet; Italian (Petrarchan) sonnet
    References: DMI 23549

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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. 331. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.002) (Page images digitized by the Eighteenth-Century Poetry Archive from a copy in the archive's library.)

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