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1 PRofusely gay, they catch the eye,
2 This one I chuse and most admire.
3 Such as the rose may Mary be,
4 When youth is fled. She's good to me.
5 Stranger I came without a name,
6 All these fine flowers she brought to me.
7 Softly, my lyre, that silken string,
8 Tun'd to a gift so sweet to sing.
9 The blushing rose and jessamine,
10 Sweet is that air sweet lyre again.
11 Than blushing rose or jessamine,
12 Dearer to me in Friendship's name.
13 Softly, my lyre, that trembling string,
14 Friendship so new, a fleeting thing.
15 No, strike! nor tremble, tremble so,
16 Friendship and Virtue thou art one.
Friendship and Virtue, &c.


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Title (in Source Edition): BASKET of FLOWERS. SONG.
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Carstairs, Christian. Original Poems. By a Lady, Dedicated to Miss Ann Henderson. A Tribute to Gratitude and Friendships. Edinburgh: Andrew Shortrede, 1786, p. 4.  (ESTC T76883) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Harding C 680].)

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