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1 Smiling blessings, pleasures gay,
2 Grace sweet Shirley's natal day,
3 Brighten still her opening scene,
4 Ever be the day serene!
5 May each virtue grace her mind,
6 Her temper meek, her sense refined,
7 Be her gentle, guiltless breast,
8 The fair abode of peace and rest!
9 Innocence her steps await,
10 And shield her from the storms of fate;
11 Virtue be her darling pride,
12 And guardian angels be her guide;
13 May kind Heaven's protecting power,
14 Shield her to her latest hour!
15 Deign to aid a parent's care,
16 To make her good as she is fair!
17 And may sweet Shirley still inherit,
18 Her mother's virtues, father's spirit!


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Title (in Source Edition): ON A CHILD'S BIRTH DAY.
Genres: occasional poem

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Kelly, Isabella, 1759-1857. Collection of Poems and Fables on Several Occasions. London: W. Richardson, 1794, p. 49. 72p. (ESTC T122123) (Page images digitized from a copy at the British Library.)

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