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An Apology for my Son to his Master, for not bringing an Exercise on the Coronation Day
[ed.] "George II was crowned on 11 October 1727." (Tucker [1992], 215) (AH)

1 Why are we Scholars plagu'd to write,
2 On Days devoted to Delight?
3 In Honour of the King, I'd play
4 Upon his Coronation Day:
5 But as for Loyalty in Rhyme,
6 Defer that to another Time.
7 Now to excuse this to my Master
8 (This Want of Rhyme's a sad Disaster)
9 Sir, we confess you take great Pains,
10 And break your own, to mend our Brains.
11 You strive to make us learn'd, and wise;
12 But to what End? We shall not rise:
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13 In vain should at Preferment aim,
14 Whilst Strangers make their happier Claim.
15 Why should we labour to excel,
16 Doom'd in Obscurity to dwell?
17 Then, since our Welfare gives you Pain,
18 (And yet your Toil may prove in vain)
19 I wish, for your, and for our Ease,
20 That all were Coronation Days.


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Title (in Source Edition): An Apology for my Son to his Master, for not bringing an Exercise on the Coronation Day.
Author: Mary Barber
Themes: monarchy (heads of state); poetry; literature; writing; education
Genres: occasional poem; apology
References: DMI 11543

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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. 99-100. lx, 290,[14]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T42623; DMI 519; Foxon p. 45)

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