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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. IV. The Nineteenth Century: Wordsworth to Rossetti
 
To a Lofty Beauty, from Her Poor Kinsman
By Hartley Coleridge (1796–1849)
 
FAIR maid, had I not heard thy baby cries,
Nor seen thy girlish, sweet vicissitude,
Thy mazy motions, striving to elude,
Yet wooing still a parent’s watchful eyes,
Thy humours, many as the opal’s dyes,        5
And lovely all;—methinks thy scornful mood,
And bearing high of stately womanhood,—
Thy brow, where Beauty sits to tyrannize
O’er humble love, had made me sadly fear thee;
For never sure was seen a royal bride,        10
Whose gentleness gave grace to so much pride—
My very thoughts would tremble to be near thee,
But when I see thee at thy father’s side,
Old times unqueen thee, and old loves endear thee.
 
 
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