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Samuel Kettell, ed.  Specimens of American Poetry.  1829.
To a Fair Lady
By William Maxwell (1784–1857)
FAIREST, mourn not for thy charms,
Circled by no lover’s arms;
While inferior belles, you see,
Pick up husbands merrily.
Sparrows when they choose to pair,        5
Meet their matches anywhere;
But the Phœnix, sadly great,
Cannot find an equal mate.
Earth, though dark, enjoys the honor
Of a moon to wait upon her;        10
Venus, though divinely bright,
Cannot boast a satellite.

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