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ADDRESS TO THE SHADE OF SHAKSPEARE.

ON MRS. B—'S VISITING HIS TOMB IN COMPANY WITH THE WRITER OF THESE LINES, AUGUST 13, 1787.

TO THE REV. H— TODD, A.M.

1 SWIFT from the radiant realms of light,
2 To Avon's stream direct thy flight,
3 And see, unaw'd by midnight gloom,
4 Eliza seek thy laurel'd tomb:
5 Now see the flame that gilds thy urn,
6 At her approach more splendid burn:
7 See banish'd now the gloom profound,
8 For beauty sheds its light around.
9 Whilst Genius waves his torch on high,
10 Triumphant pointing to the sky,
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11 Then smiling hails the blooming dame,
12 The rival of no vulgar fame,
13 Around her Shakspeare's hallow'd tomb
14 Let Nature scatter all her bloom;
15 There, planted by the tuneful Nine,
16 There shall the verdant laurel shine;
17 The primrose pale, the vi'let blue,
18 There, there shall drink the morning dew;
19 Whilst Fancy fair shall deck his bier
20 With ev'ry flow'r to Genius dear.

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Title (in Source Edition): ADDRESS TO THE SHADE OF SHAKSPEARE. ON MRS. B—'S VISITING HIS TOMB IN COMPANY WITH THE WRITER OF THESE LINES, AUGUST 13, 1787.
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Poems: by the late George-Monck Berkeley, Esq. ... With a preface by the editor, consisting of some anecdotes of Mr. Monck Berkeley and several of his friends. London: printed by J. Nichols; and sold by Messrs. Leigh and Sotheby; Mr. Edwards; Mr. Cooke, Oxford; Mr. Todd, York; Messrs. Simmons and Co.; Messrs. Flackton, Marrable, and Claris; and Mr. Bristow, Canterbury, 1797, pp. 41-42. viii,DCXXXII,212p.,plate: port.; 4⁰. (ESTC T142950; OTA K111746.000)

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