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An Apology to the Earl of Orrery
[ed.] John Boyle (13 January 1707 - 16 November 1762), writer and friend of Swift, Pope, and Johnson. (AH)
, Dr. Swift, and some others of my Friends, for falling into Tears before them, on my leaving Ireland.

1 Not Persia's Monarch could, unmov'd, survey
2 Those num'rous Hosts, which Time must sweep away:
3 He wept Misfortunes of a distant Date;
4 I mourn the Rigour of my instant Fate:
5 The dreaded Hour approaching fast I see,
6 When you, alas! will all be dead to me.
7 Then cease to wonder, if my Bosom rise,
8 And Tears, unbidden, rush into my Eyes;
9 'Tis thus, and only thus, a grateful Breast
10 Pours out those Thanks, which cannot be express'd:
11 For, O Hibernia! when I quit thy Coast,
12 Such Friends I leave, as few could ever boast.

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Title (in Source Edition): An Apology to the Earl of Orrery, Dr. Swift, and some others of my Friends, for falling into Tears before them, on my leaving Ireland.
Author: Mary Barber
Themes: grief; sadness; melancholy; friendship
Genres: heroic couplet; apology
References: DMI 11643

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

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