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To the Right Honourable the Lady Kilmorey
[ed.] "Mary Offley, wife of Thomas Needham, seventh Viscount Kilmorey. He died in 1710, she in 1765 aged 80." (Tucker [1992], 220) (AH)
, with a Letter, which was written by the late Lady Roydon, of the Kingdom of Ireland, just before her Death.

1 Start not, nor tremble at the Sight of this;
2 It comes not written from the Realms of Bliss:
3 'Tis true, you see, your once-lov'd Roydon's Hand;
4 Thence may conclude from Heav'n some high Command;
5 Conscious perhaps of your celestial Frame,
6 You think you're call'd to Worlds from whence you came.
7 Not so but ere her Soul began its Flight,
8 She thought of you, and staid a-while to write;
9 Kindly for me her dying Suit address'd:
10 Then view it, Madam, as her last Request.

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Title (in Source Edition): To the Right Honourable the Lady Kilmorey, with a Letter, which was written by the late Lady Roydon, of the Kingdom of Ireland, just before her Death.
Author: Mary Barber
Themes: death; communication
Genres: heroic couplet; address
References: DMI 11580

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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. 175. lx, 290,[14]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T42623; DMI 523; Foxon p. 45)

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