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1 WHAT nature, alas! has denied
2 To the delicate growth of our isle,
3 Art has in a measure supplied,
4 And winter is deck'd with a smile.
5 See Mary what beauties I bring
6 From the shelter of that sunny shed,
7 Where the flow'rs have the charms of the spring,
8 Though abroad they are frozen and dead.
9 'Tis a bow'r of Arcadian sweets,
10 Where Flora is still in her prime,
11 A fortress to which she retreats,
12 From the cruel assaults of the clime.
13 While earth wears a mantle of snow,
14 These pinks are as fresh and as gay,
15 As the fairest and sweetest that blow,
16 On the beautiful bosom of May.
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17 See how they have safely surviv'd
18 The frowns of a sky so severe,
19 Such Mary's true love that has liv'd
20 Through many a turbulent year.
21 The charms of the late blowing rose,
22 Seem grac'd with a livelier hue,
23 And the winter of sorrow best shows
24 The truth of a friend, such as you.


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Title (in Source Edition): THE WINTER NOSEGAY.
Themes: nature
Genres: pastoral

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Cowper, William, 1731-1800. Poems: by William Cowper, of the Inner Temple, Esq. London: printed for J. Johnson, 1782, pp. 346-347. [4],367,[1]p. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T14895; OTA K027775.000) (Page images digitized by the University of California Libraries.)

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