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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
To a Lofty Beauty, from her Poor Kinsman
By Hartley Coleridge (1796–1849)
FAIR maid, had I not heard thy baby cries,
  Nor seen thy girlish, sweet vicissitude,
  Thy mazy motions, striving to elude,
Yet wooing still a parent’s watchful eyes,
Thy humours, many as the opal’s dyes,        5
  And lovely all;—methinks thy scornful mood,
  And bearing high of stately womanhood,—
Thy brow, where Beauty sits to tyrannize
  O’er humble love, had made me sadly fear thee;
For never sure was seen a royal bride,        10
Whose gentleness gave grace to so much pride—
  My very thoughts would tremble to be near thee:
But when I see thee at thy father’s side,
  Old times unqueen thee, and old loves endear thee.

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