Mary Barber

(1690-1757 / England)

Mary Barber Poems

1. Written For My Son ... Upon His Master's First Bringing In A Rod 5/8/2001
2. To A Lady 5/8/2001
3. Written For My Son ... At His First Putting On Breeches 5/8/2001
4. A Letter For My Son To One Of His School--Fellows, Son To Henry Rose, Esq; 4/20/2010
5. A Letter Sent To Mrs. Barber 4/20/2010
6. Advice To The Ladies At Bath. Written By A Lady. 4/20/2010
7. An Apology For My Son To His Master, For Not Bringing An Exercise On The Coronation Day. 4/20/2010
8. An Apology For The Clergy, 4/20/2010
9. An Apology To Dr. Clayton, Bishop Of Killala, And His Lady 4/20/2010
10. An Apology To The Earl Of Orrery 4/20/2010
11. An Apology Written For My Son To His Master 4/20/2010
12. An Apology Written For My Son To The Reverend Mr. Sampson, 4/20/2010
13. An Epigram On The Same Occasion. 4/20/2010
14. An Epigram. Since Milo Rallies Sacred Writ 4/20/2010
15. An Epitaph On The Late Lord Mount--Cashel. 4/20/2010
16. A Letter Written From London To Mrs. Strangeways Hornet 4/20/2010
17. An Invitation To Edward Walpole, Esq. 4/20/2010
18. By A Person Of Quality. 4/20/2010
19. Epilogue To A Comedy Acted At Bath, 4/20/2010
20. Occasion'D By Seeing The Honourable --- Treat A Person Of Merit With Insolence 4/20/2010
21. On Imagining A Friend Had Treated The Author With Indifference. 4/20/2010
22. On Leaving Bath. 4/20/2010
23. On Seeing An Officer's Widow Distracted 4/20/2010
24. On Seeing The Captives, Lately Redeem'D From Barbary By His Majesty. 4/20/2010
25. On Sending My Son, As A Present, To Dr. Swift, Dean Of St. Patrick's, On His Birth--Day. 4/20/2010
26. On The Dutchess Of Newcastle's Picture. 4/20/2010
27. On The Earl Of Oxford And Mortimer's Giving His Daughter In Marriage In Oxford--Chapel. 4/20/2010
28. Sent As From A School--Fellow To My Son 4/20/2010
29. Sincerity 4/20/2010
30. Occasion'D By Reading The Memoirs Of Anne Of Austria 4/20/2010
31. The Prodigy. 4/20/2010
32. The Reverend Dr. L---. 4/20/2010
33. The Widow Gordon's Petition 4/20/2010
34. To A Gentleman 4/20/2010
35. To A Gentleman, Who Had Abus'D Waller. 4/20/2010
36. To A Gentleman, Who Shew'D A Fine Poem As His Own. 4/20/2010
37. To A Lady In The Spleen 4/20/2010
38. To A Lady Who Commanded Me To Send Her An Account In Verse 4/20/2010
39. To A Lady Who Was Libell'D. 4/20/2010
40. To A Lady, Who Invited The Author Into The Country. 4/20/2010
Best Poem of Mary Barber

An Unanswerable Apology For The Rich.

All--bounteous Heav'n, Castalio cries,
With bended Knees, and lifted Eyes,
When shall I have the Pow'r to bless,
And raise up Merit in Distress?

How do our Hearts deceive us here!
He gets ten thousand Pounds a Year.
With this the pious Youth is able
To build, and plant, and keep a Table.
But then the Poor he must not treat:
Who asks the Wretch, that wants to eat?
Alas! to ease their Woes he wishes;
But cannot live without Ten Dishes:
Tho' Six would serve as well, 'tis true;
But one must live, as others do.
He now feels Wants unknown ...

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An Hymn To Sleep.

Written when the Author was sick.
Somnus, pow'rful Deity,
Mortals owe their Bliss to thee.
How long shall I thy Absence mourn,
And when be bless'd in thy Return?
Relentless God! why will you flee,
And take Delight to torture me:
Or do you kindly flight my Pray'r,
To make me for my Change prepare?

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