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DENNIS to Mr. THOMSON, Who had procured him a Benefit Night.

1 REflecting on thy worth, methinks I find
2 Thy various Seasons in their author's mind.
3 Spring opes her blossoms, various as thy Muse,
4 And, like thy soft compassion, sheds her dews.
5 Summer's hot drought in thy expression glows,
6 And o'er each page a tawny ripeness throws.
7 Autumn's rich fruits th' instructed reader gains,
8 Who tastes the meaning purpose of thy strains.
9 Winter but that no semblance takes from thee:
10 That hoary season yields a type of me.
11 Shatter'd by time's bleak storms I withering lay,
12 Leafless, and whitening in a cold decay!
13 Yet shall my propless ivy, pale and bent,
14 Bless the short sunshine which thy pity lent.

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    Title (in Source Edition): DENNIS to Mr. THOMSON, Who had procured him a Benefit Night.
    Themes: poetry; literature; writing; theatre; gratitude
    Genres: heroic couplet; address
    References: DMI 24507

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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], p. 304. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.004)

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