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First Line: Mr. Author vow'd to prattle forth his loves
Last Line: His hawk may please you with a fairer flight.
Alternate Author Name(s): William Boxworth
Subject(s): Authors & Authorship


Reader;
MR. Author vow'd to prattle forth his Loves,
And fill the azure skies with wat'ry clouds:
My author vow'd to dwell in shady groves,
And paint his fortune in Diana's shrouds.
For the best artist that the world admires,
Was but the artist of his own desires.

You must not then expect a curious strain,
That best befits the quaintness of his story.
No, that's a shadow for a riper brain,
Let them report it, that have had the glory.
The gilded tresses of the clearest shining,
Have neither force in rising nor declining.

Then take the branches of his tender vine,
Which here you have presented, though he fears
You'll draw his meaning by too strict a line,
For yet he ne'er attained to thrice seven years.
Yet let me pass, and ere his day sees night,
His hawk may please you with a fairer flight.





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