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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
A Portrait
 
Joseph Ashby-Sterry (b. 1838)
 
 
IN sunny girlhood’s vernal life
  She caused no small sensation,
But now the modest English wife
  To others leaves flirtation.
She ’s young still, lovely, debonair,        5
  Although sometimes her features
Are clouded by a thought of care
  For those two tiny creatures.
 
Each tiny, toddling, mottled mite
  Asserts with voice emphatic,        10
In lisping accents, “Mite is right,”—
  Their rule is autocratic:
The song becomes, that charm’d mankind,
  Their musical narcotic,
And baby lips than Love, she’ll find,        15
  Are even more despotic.
 
Soft lullaby when singing there,
  And castles ever building,
Their destiny she’ll carve in air,
  Bright with maternal gilding:        20
Young Guy, a clever advocate,
  So eloquent and able!
A powder’d wig upon his pate,
  A coronet for Mabel!
 

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