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Francis T. Palgrave, ed. (1824–1897). The Golden Treasury.  1875.
A. Philips
CXXI. To Charlotte Pulteney
  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 abandon'd 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 petty 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, resembl'd thee.  30

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