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To the Reverend Dr. L—.

Occasion'd by his Sermon for the Support of the Charity-Children at Tunbridge-Wells, where the Collection was small.

1 In vain you shew a happy Nation,
2 The Gospel's gracious Dispensation;
3 And plead from thence, to bring up Youth
4 To early Piety and Truth.
5 To unattentive Ears you preach,
6 What Miseries alone can teach.
7 'Tis said, Hibernia boasts a Flood,
8 Famous for petrefying Wood:
9 Tunbridge, thy Min'ral Streams, we know,
10 A stranger Transformation show:
11 Their dire Effects the Wretched feel:
12 Thy Waters turn the Heart to Steel.

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Title (in Source Edition): To the Reverend Dr. L—. Occasion'd by his Sermon for the Support of the Charity-Children at Tunbridge-Wells, where the Collection was small.
Author: Mary Barber
Themes: religion; money; wealth
Genres: lament; address
References: DMI 11562

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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, p. 141. 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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