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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
 
To Charlotte Pulteney
By Ambrose Philips (1674–1749)
 
  TIMELY blossom, Infant fair,
  Fondly of a happy pair.
  Every morn and every night
  Their solicitous delight,
  Sleeping, waking, still at ease.        5
  Pleasing, without skill to please;
  Little gossip, blithe and hale,
  Tattling many a broken tale,
  Singing many a tuneless song,
  Lavish of a heedless tongue;        10
  Simple maiden, void of art,
  Babbling out the very heart,
  Yet abandon’d to thy will,
  Yet imagining no ill,
  Yet too innocent to blush;        15
  Like the linnet in the bush
  To the mother-linnet’s note
  Moduling her slender throat;
  Chirping forth thy petty joys,
  Wanton in the change of toys,        20
  Like the linnet green, in May
  Flitting to each bloomy spray;
  Wearied then and glad of rest,
  Like the linnet in the nest:—
  This thy present happy lot        25
  This, in time will be forgot:
  Other pleasures, other cares,
  Ever-busy Time prepares;
And thou shalt in thy daughter see,
This picture, once, resembled thee.        30
 
 
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