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Written for my Son, in a Bible which was presented to him.

1 Welcome, thou sacred, solemn Guest,
2 Who com'st to guide me to the Blest.
3 O Fountain of eternal Truth,
4 Thou gracious Guardian of my Youth!
5 True Wisdom to my Soul dispense,
6 That I may learn thy Will from hence:
7 Still let me make thy Word my Rule,
8 And still despise the scorning Fool.
9 Inspir'd from thence, my Verse shall soar,
10 Till Time itself shall be no more.
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11 Alas, my Soul! and whar is great,
12 In Glory of a mortal Date?
13 Henceforth this vain Ambition spare,
14 And be Eternity thy Care.


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Title (in Source Edition): Written for my Son, in a Bible which was presented to him.
Author: Mary Barber
Themes: religion; virtue; vice
Genres: dedication
References: DMI 11394

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Barber, Mary, ca. 1690-1757. Poems on Several Occasions [poems only]. London: Printed for C. Rivington, at the Bible and Crown in St. Paul's Church-Yard, 1735, pp. 82-83. lx, 290,[14]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T42623; DMI 519; Foxon p. 45)

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