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TO THE AUTHOR'S PORTRAIT

          GO, faithful Portrait! and where long hath knelt
          Margaret, the Saintly Foundress, take thy place;
          And, if Time spare the colours for the grace
          Which to the work surpassing skill hath dealt,
          Thou, on thy rock reclined, though kingdoms melt
          And states be torn up by the roots, wilt seem
          To breathe in rural peace, to hear the stream,
          And think and feel as once the Poet felt.
          Whate'er thy fate, those features have not grown
          Unrecognised through many a household tear                  10
          More prompt, more glad, to fall than drops of dew
          By morning shed around a flower half-blown;
          Tears of delight, that testified how true
          To life thou art, and, in thy truth, how dear!
                                                              1830.


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