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On the Earl of Oxford and Mortimer's giving his Daughter
[ed.] "On 11 July 1734 Margaret, daughter of Edward Harley, Earl of Oxford and Mortimer, (son of Swift's patron, the Tory Prime Minister from 1710-14) married William Bentinck, second Duke of Portland. She appears frequently in Swift's correspondence." (Tucker [1992], 226) (AH)
in Marriage in Oxford-Chapel.

1 See, in the Temple rais'd by Harley's Hand,
2 His beauteous Off-spring at the Altar stand:
3 There Mortimer resigns his darling Care;
4 To happy Portland gives the blooming Fair.
5 Where had the Parent's Pray'r like Favour found?
6 Where soar'd so high, as from that sacred Ground?
7 What Bosom, but Devotion's Ardor feels,
8 When, at the Shrine he hallow'd, Harley kneels?
9 At such a Sight superior Beings pleas'd,
10 To higher Notes their Hallelujahs rais'd.


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Title (in Source Edition): On the Earl of Oxford and Mortimer's giving his Daughter in Marriage in Oxford-Chapel.
Author: Mary Barber
Themes: marriage; parents; children
Genres: heroic couplet; occasional poem
References: DMI 11647

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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, p. 269. lx, 290,[14]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T42623; DMI 519; Foxon p. 45)

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