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I know not by what name beside
She did inherit.
Her parents held the Quaker rule, Which doth the human feeling cool, But she was train'd in Nature's school,
Nature had blest her.
A waking eye, a prying mind,
Ye could not Hester.'
My sprightly neighbour, gone before To that unknown and silent shore, Shall we not meet, as heretofore,
Some summer morning,
When from thy chearful eyes a ray
A sweet fore-warping?
TO CHARLES LLOYD,
An Unexpected Visitor.
ALONE, obscure, without a friend,
A cheerless, solitary thing,
What offering can the stranger bring
Of social scenes, home-bred delights,
That him in aught compensate may For Stowey's pleasant winter nights,
For loves and friendships far away?
In brief oblivion to forego
Friends, such as thine, so justly dear, And be awhile with me content
To stay, a kindly loiterer, here:
For this a gleam of random joy
Hath flush'd my unaccustom'd cheek ; And, with an o'er-charg'd bursting heart, I feel the thanks I cannot speak.
Oh! sweet are all the Muses' lays,
And sweet the charm of matin bird ; 'Twas long since these estranged ears
The sweeter voice of friend had heard.
The voice hath spoke; the pleasant sounds
In memory's ear in after time
And sometimes prompt an honest rhyme.
For, when the transient charın is fled,
And when the little week is o'er, To clreerless, friendless, solitude
When I return, as heretofore,
Long, long, within my aching heart
The grateful sense shall cherish'd be; I'll think less meanly of myself,
That Lloyd will sometimes thin
THE THREE FRIENDS.
THREE young maids in friendship met; Mary, Martha, Margaret. Margaret was tall and fair, Martha shorter by a hair ; If the first excell'd in feature, Th' other's grace and ease were greater; Mary, though to rival loth, In their best gifts equall’d both. They a due proportion kept; Martha mourn'd if Margaret wept; Margaret joy'd when any good She of Martha understood; And in sympathy for either Mary was outdone by neither. Thus far, for a happy space, All three ran an even race, A most constant friendship proving, Equally belov'd and loving ; All their wishes, joys, the same; Sisters only not in name..
each one smild, As upon a fav’rite child
In the depth of her affliction Martha now receiv'd conviction, That a true and faithful friend Can the surest comfort lend. Night and day, with friendship tried, Ever constant by her side Was her gentle Mary found, With a love that knew no bound; And the solace she imparted Sav'd her dying broken-hearted.