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1 A STEM blown from its parent tree,
2 I planted in my humble bower;
3 Sure it may grow to shelter me,
4 From scorching sun and dripping shower.
5 Stay Madelina, child of woe,
6 Thy little feet no more shall roam,
7 I said, and fast as tears could flow,
8 Mine fell, and pity took thee home.
9 The dewy ground was then thy bed,
10 Its canopy, the arch of Heaven;
11 On a cold stone reclin'd thy head,
12 Thy mouldy scraps were hardly given.
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13 Ill suited was thy motley dress,
14 Refuse of infancy and age;
15 So sorted, as to shew distress.
16 Not screen thee from the tempest's rage.
17 But on thy face yet health could glow,
18 There unreflecting smiles were seen:
19 For transient joy so temper'd woe,
20 To cheer thy little heart within.
21 By want torn from thy parent tree,
22 Here hapless Madelina come;
23 My little shall be shar'd with thee,
24 I'll be thy parent here's thy home.


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Title (in Source Edition): ON FINDING A STRAYED CHILD.
Author: Eliza Day
Genres: occasional poem

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Daye, Eliza, b. ca. 1734. Poems, on Various Subjects. Liverpool: Printed by J. M'Creery, 1798, pp. [180]-181. [2],x,[4],258p.; 8° (ESTC T132359) (Page images digitized by University of California Libraries.)

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