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Toast Church and Queen, explain the news, Talk with church-wardens about pews, Pray heartily for some new gift,

And shake his head at Doctor S-t.

MISCELLANIES.

EPISTLE

ΤΟ

ROBERT EARL OF OXFORD, AND EARL
OF MORTIMER.

SUCH were the notes thy once-lov'd poet sung,
Till death untimely stop'd his tuneful tongue.
Oh just beheld, and lost! admir'd and mourn'd!
With softest manners, gentlest arts adorn'd!
Blest in each science, blest in ev'ry strain!
Dear to the muse!-to HARLEY dear-in vain!
For him, thou oft hast bid the world attend,
Fond to forget the statesman in the friend;
For SWIFT and him, despis'd the farce of state,
The sober follies of the wise and great;
Dextrous, the craving, fawning crowd to quit,
And pleas'd to 'scape from flattery to wit.

Absent or dead, still let a friend be dear, (A sigh the absent claims, the dead a tear)

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Epistle to Robert Earl of Oxford.] This Epistle was sent to the Earl of Oxford with Dr. Parnelle's Poems published by our author, after the said Earl's imprisonment in the Tower, and retreat into the country, in the year 1721.

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