Sunday, June 10, 2012


        Thou ill-formed offspring of my feeble brain,
           Who after birth didst by my side remain,
  Till snatched from thence by friends, less wise and true,
         Who thee abroad, exposed to public view,
     Made thee in rags, halting to th' press to trudge,
     Where errors were not lessened ( all may judge). 

                                                                                   At thy return my blushing was not small,
                                                                               My rambling brat,(in print) should mother call  
                                                                                      I cast thee by as one unfit for light,
                                                                                   Thy visage was so irksome in my sight;
                                                                                Yet being mine own, at length affection would
                                                                                      Thy blemishes amend, if so I could:

       And rubbing of a spot still made a flaw,
     I stretched thy joints to make thee even feet,
  Yet still thou run'st  more hubbling than is meet;
      In better dress to trim thee was my mind,
  But nought save homespun cloth i' th' house I find.
    In this array 'mongst vulgars may'st thou roam.

                                                                                 In  critic's hand  beware thou dost not come ,
                                                                             And take thy way where yet thou  are not known 
                                                                                If for thy father asked, say thou  hadst  none;
                                                                               And for thy father asked, say thou hadst none;
                                                                              Which caused her thus to send thee out of door.

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