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MISCELLANIE S.

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Receiving from the Right Hon. the Lady

FRANCES

SHIRLEY,

A STANDISH AND TWO PENS.

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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 golden lance fhall guard Defert,
"And if a Vice dares keep the field,

"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)
"A ftandish, fteel and golden pen!
"It came from Bertrand's, not the skies;
" I gave it you to write again.

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.

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"Athenian Queen! and fober charms!
"I tell you, fool, there's nothing in 't:
" "Tis Venus, Venus gives these arms;
"In Dryden's Virgil fee the print.
"Come, if you'll be a quiet foul,

"That dares tell neither Truth nor Lies,
"I'll lift you in the harmless roll
"Of thofe that fing of these poor eyes.”

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EP I S T L E

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ROBERT

TO

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.

SUCE

UCH were the notes thy once-lov'd Poet fung,
Till Death untimely stopp'd his tuneful tongue.
Oh just beheld, and loft! admir'd, and mourn'd!
With foftest manners, gentleft arts adorn'd!
Bleft in each science, bleft in
every ftrain!
Dear to the Muse! to Harley dear—in vain!
For him, thou oft haft bid the World attend,
Fond to forget the statesman in the friend;
For Swift and him, defpis'd the farce of state,
The fober Follies of the wife and great;
Dextrous, the craving, fawning crowd to quit,
And pleas'd to 'scape from Flattery to Wit.

Absent or dead, ftill let a friend be dear,
(A figh the abfent claims, the dead a tear)
Recall thofe nights that clos'd thy toilfome days,
Still hear thy Parnell in his living lays,
Who, careless now of Intereft, Fame, or Fate,
Perhaps forgets that Oxford e'er was great;

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