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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. The Book of Georgian Verse. 1909.

Another, To a Young Lady

William Cowper (1731–1800)

SWEET stream, that winds through yonder glade,

Apt emblem of a virtuous maid!

Silent and chaste she steals along,

Far from the world’s gay busy throng,

With gentle yet prevailing force,

Intent upon her destined course;

Graceful and useful all she does,

Blessing and blessed wher’er she goes;

Pure-bosomed as that watery glass,

And heaven reflected in her face!