To the Incomparable GALAECIA, On the Publication of Her POEMS.
When a new Star do’s in the Skies appear,
And to some Constellation, shining there,
New lustre adds, and gilds the rowling Sphere.
Then all the Sons of Art, wond’ring to see
The bright, and the amazing Noveltie;
By most accurate Observations, try
To search, and find its perfect Theory;
To know its colour, form, place, magnitude,
And from strange Causes strange Effects conclude:
So all Men, pleas’d with thy ingenuous fire,
Who beauteous Verse, and happy slights admire;
With joy behold a Wit so pure as thine,
In this dark Age of Ignorance to shine,
And scatter Rays so dazling and Divine.
All think it glorious, and with vast delight,
Gaze on a Star so charming, and so bright;
Nor are amaz’d that Wits less gay and clear,
At the approach of thine, shou’d disappear.
That Poetaster‘s of a low degree,
Shou’d now neglected, and unvalu’d be,
And spreading Fame confin’d alone to thee;
Since none so nicely are observ’d, and view’d,
As the large Stars of the first Magnitude.
And may your piercing Wit shine always bright
As th’ Ev’ning Star in a clear frosty Night,
Unrival’d by the Moon’s faint borrow’d light.
May never interposing sorrows meet,
To cloud, or to obscure your growing Wit.
But may your Rhimes be still imploy’d to tell,
What satissaction do’s in Knowledge dwell;
And as you have begun, so yet go on,
To make coy Nature’s secrets better known;
And may we learn in purest Verse, from thee,
The Art of Physick, and Anatomie;
While the much-pleas’d Apollo smiles to see
Medicine at once improv’d, and Poetrie.
© Jane Barker
Some other works of this poet:
- A Pastoral Dialogue Betwixt Two Shepherd Boys
- In Commendation Of The Female Sex. Out Of Scipina
- A Song: “Give O’er My Fidelius, My Fidelius Give O’er”
- To Their Graces, The Duke And Dutchess Of Albemarle, Upon Their Voyage For Jamaica.
- To His Ingenious Friend, Mr. Thomas Wright
- The Anchorite In Scipina
- On the same. A Pindarique ODE
- A Pindarique Ode On Mr. Cowley
- In Elegantem Janae Barker Poeticen Epigramma
- To My Unkind Strephon