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To Sophronia.

1 Sophronia, all the World agree,
2 The Soul of Friendship dwells in Thee:
3 Let Envy other Gifts dispute,
4 Since here the Fury must be mute.
5 Without one vain, one venal View,
6 The Muse inscribes these Lines to you.
7 Tho' I thy Favour shall not share,
8 Thy Worth I'm destin'd to revere;
9 And in Sophronia must commend
10 The firm, disinterested Friend:
11 To Virtue I this Homage pay,
12 Rewarded, tho' you slight the Lay.
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13 Those who thy Favour once obtain,
14 Need not sollicit thee again;
15 Nor ever at Neglect repine:
16 Their Wishes and their Cares are thine:
17 Nor at the Grave thy Friendship ends;
18 But to Posterity descends.
19 Hail, sacred Friendship! seldom found,
20 Tho' sought for all the World around:
21 Say, Blessing of the peaceful Cell!
22 How cam'st thou in a Court to dwell?

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Title (in Source Edition): To Sophronia.
Author: Mary Barber
Themes: friendship
Genres: address
References: DMI 11614

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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, pp. 245-246. lx, 290,[14]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T42623; DMI 523; Foxon p. 45)

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