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To Lady H—n.

1 SWeet, gentle mourner, cease thy plaintive notes.
2 What sympathy? What gratitude I feel I owe:
3 How many happy, tranquil days I've pass'd
4 In these gay fields, or sweet sequester'd shades?
5 Planted by thee
* Lady H.
by her
Miss Ann H.
the dearest friend,
6 Or by that venerable Tower and ancient Pines,
7 Where mourns the dove;
8 Or by that sacred Isle where rest the last remains,
9 The best of husbands.
10 Fled! from our sight, but in thy souls
11 Doubly united.
12 Fond recollection of each happy scene.
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13 How to delineate the indulgent
14 Father?
15 A plain inscription
16 Suits his truth.
17 How anxious to impress it on their tender minds?
18 To banish art, deceit, or guile.
19 Of gentlest manners, easy and polite,
20 Each guest was happy; parted with regret.
21 Home was the centre of his
22 Happiness,
23 Received his parting sigh! blest it;
24 And went to Heaven.
25 Hush! to thy griefs, thy family claims
26 Thy care.
27 No blasts the tender buds of hope shall kill.
28 Their filial love shall comfort
29 Thy sad heart.
30 The duties! now of both, are left
31 On thee.


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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, pp. 39-40.  (ESTC T76883) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Harding C 680].)

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