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TO THE AUTHOR, by            
First Line: That privilege which others claim
Last Line: And slight such commendation.
Subject(s): Browne, William (1591-1645)

THAT privilege which others claim,
To flatter with their friends,
With thee, friend, shall not be mine aim;
My verse so much pretends.
The general umpire of best wit
In this will speak thy fame.
The Muses' minions, as they sit,
Will still confirm the same:
Let me sing him that merits best;
Let others scrape for fashion;
Their buzzing prate thy worth will jest,
And slight such commendation.

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