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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. III. The Eighteenth Century: Addison to Blake
A Comparison
By William Cowper (1731–1800)
Addressed to a Young Lady 1

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 blessed where’er she goes;
Pure-bosomed as that watery glass,
And heaven reflected in her face!        10
Note 1. Miss Shuttleworth. [back]

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