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   English Poetry II: From Collins to Fitzgerald.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
315. To a Young Lady
 
William Cowper (1731–1800)
 
 
SWEET stream, that winds through yonder glade,
Apt emblem of a virtuous maid—
Silent and chaste she steals along,
Far from the world’s gay busy throng:
With gentle yet prevailing force,        5
Intent upon her destined course;
Graceful and useful all she does;
Blessing and blest where’er she goes;
Pure-bosom’d as that watery glass,
And Heaven reflected in her face.        10
 

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