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1. Elizabeth

Elizabeth — it surely is most fit 

(Logic and common usage so commanding) 

In thy own book that first thy name be writ, 

Zeno  and other sages notwithstanding; 

And I have other reasons for so doing 

Besides my innate love of contradiction; 

Each poet — if a poet — in pursuing 

The muses thro’ their bowers of Truth or Fiction, 

Has studied very little of his part, 

Read nothing, written less — in short’s a fool 

Endued with neither soul, nor sense, nor art, 

Being ignorant of one important rule, 

Employed in even the theses of the school — 

Called — I forget the heathenish Greek name — 

(Called any thing, its meaning is the same) 

“Always write first things uppermost in the



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