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1 HERE rests the image of a friend,
2 Thine, cherish'd BIBI, thine!
3 Oft to this spot our steps we'll bend,
4 And call it Friendship's shrine.
5 Through length'ning years' successive flight
6 Thy fondness still had power
7 To shed its narrow line of light
8 On life's domestic hour;
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9 And while for pleasures sought amiss
10 Abroad we vainly roam,
11 How far more dear the slightest bliss
12 That adds one charm to home!
13 Let those who coldly scorn the tear
14 That soothes the grief we prove,
15 Say, if fidelity be dear,
16 If love has claims to love;
17 Say, on what hallow'd spot there lives
18 A heart unknown to range,
19 That to one chosen object gives
20 A love no power can change?
21 Tell, in what tender breast to find
22 Affection half so true?
23 Ah, BIBI, who of human kind
24 Has learnt to love like you!


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Title (in Source Edition): LINES ON THE TOMB OF A FAVOURITE DOG.
Genres: occasional poem

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Williams, Helen Maria, 1759-1827. Poems on various subjects: with introductory remarks on the present state of science and literature in France. London: G. and W. B. Whittaker, 1823, pp. [264]-265.  (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [8º W 229 BS].)

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