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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
To a Young Lady
By William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
DEAR Child of Nature, let them rail!
—There is a nest in a green dale,
A harbour and a hold;
Where thou, a Wife and Friend, shalt see
Thy own heart-stirring days, and be        5
A light to young and old.
There, healthy as a Shepherd-boy,
And treading among flowers of joy
Which at no season fade,
Thou, while thy Babes around thee cling,        10
Shalt show us how divine a thing
A Woman may be made.
Thy thoughts and feelings shall not die,
Nor leave thee, when grey hairs are nigh,
A melancholy slave;        15
But an old age serene and bright,
And lovely as a Lapland night,
Shall lead thee to thy grave.

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