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Verses sent to a Lady, who took Delight in ridiculing a Person of very weak Under-standing, whom she reliev'd from Want.

1 Should you employ your Ridicule,
2 On those who Pity claim?
3 Think, Birtha, is the native Fool
4 For Wit a proper Theme?
5 On Vice your hum'rous Vein display;
6 'Tis meritorious there;
7 Or tow'ring Vanity allay;
8 But, O! Misfortune spare.
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9 With Wisdom who endows the Brain,
10 To thy Remembrance call;
11 Nor, while the Wretched you sustain,
12 Tincture their Cup with Gall.

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Title (in Source Edition): Verses sent to a Lady, who took Delight in ridiculing a Person of very weak Under-standing, whom she reliev'd from Want.
Author: Mary Barber
Themes: wit; manners; charity
Genres: admonition
References: DMI 11651

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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. 275-276. lx, 290,[14]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T42623; DMI 523; Foxon p. 45)

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