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Poem by Mary Robinson
Stanzas Inscribed to Lady William Russell
NATURE, to prove her heav’n-taught pow’r, That gems the earth, and paints the flow’r; That bids the soft enchanting note Steal from the LINNET’S downy throat; That from young MAY’S ambrosial wings, The balmy dew of HYBLA flings; With partial hand, each charm combin’d, To deck THY Form, and grace THY Mind. She gave her ROSE, to tint thy cheek, Her witching smile, her blushes meek; She bade thy ruby lips impart The chastest precepts of the heart; She taught thy dulcet voice to prove, The soothing softness of the DOVE; While thro’ each wond’rous beauty stole THE PERFECT IMAGE OF THY SOUL.
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