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An Apology written for my Son to his Master, who had commanded him to write Verses on the Death of the late Lord .

1 I beg your Scholar you'll excuse,
2 Who dares no more debase the Muse.
3 My Mother says, If e'er she hears,
4 I write again on worthless Peers,
5 Whether they're living Lords, or dead,
6 She'll box the Muse from out my Head.
7 Sir, let me have no more, she cry'd,
8 Of Panegyricks, ill apply'd:
9 For Praise, ill-plac'd, adds no more Grace,
10 Than Jewels to Samantha's Face;
11 Whose Lustre serves to let us see
12 Both Folly, and Deformity.

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Title (in Source Edition): An Apology written for my Son to his Master, who had commanded him to write Verses on the Death of the late Lord —.
Author: Mary Barber
Themes: poetry; literature; writing; virtue; vice; parents; children
Genres: apology
References: DMI 11356

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Poems on Several Occasions. London: Printed for C. Rivington, at the Bible and Crown in St. Paul's Church-Yard, 1735, p. 50. lx, 290,[14]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T42623; DMI 523; Foxon p. 45)

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