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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
 
Harmony in Unlikeness
By Charles Lamb (1775–1834)
 
BY Enfield lanes, and Winchmore’s verdant hill,
  Two lovely damsels cheer my lonely walk:
The fair Maria, as a vestal, still;
  And Emma brown, exuberant in talk.
With soft and lady speech the first applies        5
  The mild correctives that to grace belong
To her redundant friend, who her defies
  With jest, and mad discourse, and bursts of song.
O differing Pair, yet sweetly thus agreeing,
  What music from your happy discord rises,        10
While your companion hearing each, and seeing,
  Nor this, nor that, but both together, prizes;
This lesson teaching, which our souls may strike,
That harmonies may be in things unlike!
 
 
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