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ON CRITICS; IN IMITATION OF ANACREON, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Let 'em censure: what care I?
Last Line: And lose the nymph, to gain the bays.
Subject(s): Critics & Criticism; Fame; Singing & Singers; Writing & Writers; Reputation; Songs


Let 'em Censure; what care I?
The Herd of Criticks I defie.
Let the Wretches know, I write
Regardless of their Grace, or Spight.
No, no: the Fair, the Gay, the Young
Govern the Numbers of my Song.
All that They approve is sweet:
And All is Sense, that They repeat.

Bid the warbling Nine retire:
Venus, String thy Servant's Lyre:
Love shall be my endless Theme:
Pleasure shall triumph over Fame:
And when these Maxims I decline,
Apollo, may Thy Fate be Mine:
May I grasp at empty Praise;
And lose the Nymph, to gain the Bays.





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