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To a Person who wrote Ill, and spake Worse against Me.

1 Lye, Philo, untouch'd on my peaceable Shelf;
2 Nor take it amiss, that so little I heed Thee;
3 I've no Envy to Thee, and some Love to my Self:
4 Then why shou'd I answer; since first I must read Thee?
5 Drunk with Helicon's Waters and double-brew'd Bub,
6 Be a Linguist, a Poet, a Critic, a Wag;
7 To the solid Delight of thy Well-judging Club,
8 To the Damage alone of thy Bookseller Brag.
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9 Pursue me with Satyr: what Harm is there in't?
10 But from all vivâ voce Reflection forbear:
11 There can be no Danger from what Thou shalt Print:
12 There may be a little from what Thou may'st swear.


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Title (in Source Edition): To a Person who wrote Ill, and spake Worse against Me.
Author: Matthew Prior
Genres: address

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Prior, Matthew, 1664-1721. Poems on Several Occasions [English poems only]. London: Printed for JACOB TONSON at Shakespear's-Head over against Katharine-Street in the Strand, and JOHN BARBER upon Lambeth-Hill. MDCCXVIII., 1718, pp. 198-199. [42],506,[6]p.: ill.; 2°. (ESTC T075639)

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