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To Esq; Member of the Capillaire Club.

1 LET every line convey a sister's heart,
2 And for thy health her anxious fears impart.
3 Think, O! my brother alas! I have but one,
4 The hour of riot, it may last too long.
5 Folly and youth in all will have their sway,
6 But reason too puts in a claim to-day.
7 O! hear her voice! the worthy man prefer
8 To the gay dissipate.
9 While vain amusement takes up all thy time.
10 These lines can show how I employ mine.
11 Harmless at least, tho' now a sigh would break.
12 To gayer scenes I fain would me betake?
13 But soon suppress'd.
14 In various arts my skill I do essay:
15 To shade yon walk and flowers of various kind,
16 And various shrubs with sweetest woodbine bind.
17 May some fair nymph, who all thy fancy takes
18 For you and her I plant it for your sakes.
19 But O! beware the noisy-coming she;
20 May one more modest be design'd for thee;
21 Temper good-sense nor can these grow familiar,
22 Each day improves, tho' youth and beauty leave her.


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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. 67.  (ESTC T76883) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Harding C 680].)

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