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Receiving from the Right Hon. the Lady
A STANDISH AND TWO PENS.
ES, I beheld th' Athenian Queen Descend in all her fober charms; And take (fhe faid, and fmil'd ferene) "Take at this hand celeftial arms.
"Secure the radiant weapons wield;
"This steel fhall ftab it to the heart."
Aw'd, on my bended knees I fell,
Receiv'd the weapons of the sky; And dipp'd them in the fable Well, The Fount of Fame or Infamy.
"What Well? what Weapon? (Flavia cries)
But, Friend, take heed whom you attack; "You'll bring a house (I mean of Peers) "Red, Blue, and Green, nay white and black, "L— and all about your ears.
"You'd write as smooth again on glass,
"And run, on ivory, so glib, "As not to ftick at fool or afs,
Nor.ftop at Flattery or Fib.
"Athenian Queen! and fober charms!
"That dares tell neither Truth nor Lies,
EP I S T L E
EARL OF OXFORD, AND EARL MORTIMER,
SENT to the Earl of Oxford with Dr. Parnell's Poems published by our Author, after the faid Earl's Imprisonfonment in the Tower, and Retreat into the Country, in the year 1721.
UCH were the notes thy once-lov'd Poet fung,
Absent or dead, ftill let a friend be dear,