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Alexander Pope (1688–1744).  Complete Poetical Works.  1903.
Epigrams and Epitaphs
From the Grub-Street Journal
IV. Epigram on Mr. M[oo]re’s Going to Law with Mr. Giliver
Inscribed to Attorney Tibbald

ONCE in his life M[oo]re judges right:
  His sword and pen not worth a straw,
An author that could never write,
A gentleman that dares not fight,
  Has but one way to tease—by law.        5
This suit, dear Tibbald, kindly hatch;
  Thus thou may’st help the sneaking elf;
And sure a printer is his match,
  Who ’s but a publisher himself.

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