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Alexander Pope (1688–1744).  Complete Poetical Works.  1903.
 
Epigrams and Epitaphs
From the Grub-Street Journal
IX. Epigram (“Behold! ambitious”)
 
BEHOLD! ambitious of the British bays,
Cibber and Duck contend in rival lays,
But, gentle Colley, should thy verse prevail,
Thou hast no fence, alas! against his flail:
Therefore thy claim resign, allow his right:        5
For Duck can thresh, you know, as well as write.
 
 
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