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Samuel Kettell, ed.  Specimens of American Poetry.  1829.
 
Thou Art the Muse
By Richard B. Davis (1771–1799)
 
NO genius lends its sacred fire
  To animate my song;
To me no heaven-presented lyre
  Or muse-taught verse belong.
 
She who first charm’d my soul to love,        5
  Inspired the tuneful breath;
With love-instructed hand I wove
  For her the early wreath.
 
To her the softest strains I owe
  Who first inspired the flame;        10
And sweetest shall the numbers flow,
  When graced with Emma’s name.
 
 
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