Verses for a Watch Case.Could but our tempers move like this Machine, Not urg’d by passion, nor delay’d by spleen; But true to nature's regulating power, By virtuous Acts distinguish every hour. Then Health & Joy would follow as they ought, The laws of motion and the laws of thought; Sweet Health, to pass the present Moments o'er, And everlasting Joy, when Time shall be no more.
Manuscript, 242 x 188mm. 9˝ 7˝". Laid down on album sheet. Crease and some smudging.
John Byrom (1692-1763) was an English poet and the inventor of a revolutionary system of shorthand. In 1742, His Majesty George II secured him as the sole right of publishing for a certain term of years the art and method of shorthand. His system was published posthumously as "The Universal English Shorthand". This particular poem was later used as example for Byrom's shorthand.
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