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To her Grace the Dutchess of Portland, with the foregoing Lines.

1 'Tis theirs, who but to please aspire,
2 On Fiction to employ the Lyre;
3 Make Gods and Goddesses display
4 The Splendor of the Nuptial Day.
5 To paint thee at the hallow'd Shrine,
6 A solemn, glorious Scene! be Mine;
7 Now lightly touch'd Some other Hour,
8 (If e'er the Cloud-dispelling Pow'r
9 Remove the Damps, that chill my Vein)
10 I'll trace the slight-drawn Lines again;
11 Warm Col'ring on the Piece bestow,
12 Till Life shall from the Pencil flow.
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13 Lovely Bride! with Bliss be crown'd,
14 Diffusing Happiness around:
15 Beneficent, like Harley, shine;
16 Like Henrietta, grace your Line.


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Title (in Source Edition): To her Grace the Dutchess of Portland, with the foregoing Lines.
Author: Mary Barber
Themes: marriage; virtue; vice
Genres: address
References: DMI 11648

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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. 270-271. lx, 290,[14]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T42623; DMI 519; Foxon p. 45)

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