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TO THE CONTESS OF S. WITH THE HOLY COURT, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Since every place you bless, the name
Last Line: As well to entertain, as represent.
Subject(s): Courts & Courtiers


MADAM,
Since every place you bless, the name
This book assumes may justlier claim,
(What more a court than where you shine?
And where your soul, what more divine?)
You may, perhaps, doubt at first sight,
That it usurps upon your right;
And praising virtues, that belong
To you, in others, doth yours wrong;
No; 'tis yourself you read, in all
Perfections earlier ages call
Their own; all glories they e'er knew
Were but faint prophecies of you.
You then have here sole interest whom 'tis meant
As well to entertain, as represent.





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