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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. III. The Eighteenth Century: Addison to Blake
 
To Miss Charlotte Pulteney, in Her Mother’s Arms
By Ambrose Philips (1674–1749)
 
  TIMELY blossom, infant fair,
  Fondling 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 abandoned 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 pretty 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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