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O Thou, who labour'st in this rugged mine

1 O Thou, who labour'st in this rugged mine,
2 May'st thou to gold th' unpolish'd ore refine!
3 May each dark page unfold its haggard brow!
4 Doubt not to reap, if thou canst bear to plough.
5 To tempt thy care, may each revolving night,
6 Purses and maces swim before thy sight!
7 From hence in times to come, advent'rous deed!
8 May'st thou essay, to look and speak like Mead.
9 When the black bag and rose no more shall shade
10 With martial air the honours of thy head;
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11 When the full wig thy visage shall enclose,
12 And only leave to view they learned nose:
13 Safely may'st thou defy beaux, wits, and scoffers;
14 While tenants, in fee simple, stuff thy coffers.

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    Title (in Source Edition): O Thou, who labour'st in this rugged mine
    Themes: law
    Genres: heroic couplet
    References: DMI 23769

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    A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. IV. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758], pp. 228-229. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.004) (Page images digitized by the Eighteenth-Century Poetry Archive from a copy in the archive's library.)

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