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Written at Bath to a young Lady, who had just before given me a short Answer.

1 You us'd me ill, and I withdrew,
2 Intent on satirizing you.
3 The Muses to my Aid I call;
4 They came; and told me, one and all,
5 That I mistook their Province quite,
6 They never sully'd what was bright;
7 And said, If Satire was my Aim,
8 I ought to chuse another Theme.
9 I heard with Anger, and Surprize;
10 Begg'd they'd inspire, and not advise.
11 In vain I begg'd they all withdrew;
12 When to my Aid a Phantom flew,
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13 And vow'd she'd give my Satire Stings,
14 And whisper'd some resentful Things
15 Said, You delighted, all your Days,
16 To torture her a thousand Ways:
17 Bid me revenge her Cause, and mine,
18 And blacken you in ev'ry Line.
19 This I resolv'd; but still in vain
20 We both must unreveng'd remain:
21 For I, alas! remember now,
22 I long ago had made a Vow,
23 That, should the Nine their Aid refuse,
24 Envy should never be my Muse.

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Title (in Source Edition): Written at Bath to a young Lady, who had just before given me a short Answer.
Author: Mary Barber
Themes: anger; virtue; vice
Genres: address; apology
References: DMI 11554

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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, 1734, pp. 124-125. xlviii,283,[7]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T42622; DMI 519; Foxon p. 45) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Harding C 3644].)

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