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To the Right Honourable the Lady Elizabeth Boyle, Daughter to the Right Honourable John Earl of Orrery
[ed.] John Boyle (13 January 1707 - 16 November 1762), writer and friend of Swift, Pope, and Johnson. (AH)
, on her Birth-Day, May 7. 1733.

1 May each new Year some new Perfection give,
2 Till all the Mother in the Daughter live!
3 May'st Thou her Virtues to the World restore!
4 And be what
* Late Ceuntess of Orrery.
Henrietta was before!
5 And when revolving Years mature thy Charms,
6 When Pride of Conquest thy fair Bosom warms,
7 May some great Youth, for ev'ry Grace renown'd,
8 With Taste and Science bless'd, by Virtue crown'd;
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9 By Virtue guarded from Ambition's Wiles,
10 Superior both to Fortune's Frowns and Smiles;
11 Who wears the Honours of a glorious Name,
12 Yet to Distinction bears a nobler Claim;
13 Like a new Star, in native Lustre bright,
14 That boasts no Radiance from reflected Light:
15 Allow'd the rising Genius of his Age;
16 By ev'ry Excellence thy Heart engage;
17 Like Him who bless'd thy Mother's Nuptial State;
18 But O! may Heav'n give Thine a longer Date.

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Title (in Source Edition): To the Right Honourable the Lady Elizabeth Boyle, Daughter to the Right Honourable John Earl of Orrery, on her Birth-Day, May 7. 1733.
Themes: age; virtue; vice
Genres: heroic couplet; occasional poem
References: DMI 11638

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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. 257-258. lx, 290,[14]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T42623; DMI 523; Foxon p. 45)

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