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NOVEMBER 15, 1790.

1 DEAR lovely babe, with hearts elate,
2 We hail thy natal hour:
3 Here does the Muse impatient wait,
4 Libations kind to pour.
5 Upon a theme so new, so sweet,
6 She now attempts to sing:
7 No foreign aid she needs invite,
8 To touch the vocal string.
9 But while with anxious thoughts on thee,
10 And ardent look, I gaze,
11 Can I the valiant hero see,
12 To animate my lays?
13 The plodding philosophic eye,
14 Shall I attempt to scan?
15 Or in thy infant smiles descry
16 The politicians plan?
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17 Too hard the task, my humble muse
18 Can boast of no such art;
19 Though hope, on flutt'ring pinions does
20 All this and more impart.
21 While fondl'd by a mother kind,
22 Thou checks the falling tears,
23 When thy lov'd father to her mind
24 In ev'ry charm appears.
25 His features sweet, attractive, mild,
26 Each soft, each winning grace,
27 She does in thee, her darling child,
28 With fond remembrance trace.
29 And that the virtues he possess'd
30 May in thy bosom glow,
31 She does indulgent heav'n request,
32 Who mitigates her wo.
33 May he, on whom her hope relies,
34 Protect thy lovely form,
35 While sudden blasts impetuous rise
36 In life's tempestuous storm.
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37 For thee, be calm the rolling flood,
38 Be still the blust'ring wave:
39 May'st thou be bless'd with every good
40 A mother's heart can crave.


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Title (in Source Edition): ON THE BIRTH OF J—. H—. ESQ.'S SON. NOVEMBER 15, 1790.
Genres: occasional poem

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Little, Janet, 1759-1813. The Poetical Works of Janet Little, the Scotch Milkmaid. Air: Printed by John & Peter Wilson, 1792, pp. [138]-140.  (ESTC T126549) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Library of the University of California, Los Angeles.)

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