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[BIRTHDAY ODE] TO THE SAME,

AGED 26, A CAPTAIN OF INFANTRY IN PORTUGAL, 1798.

1 THOUGH fancy and her airy train
2 From sad experience fly away,
3 The heart's affections still remain,
4 And hail with joy this welcome day.
5 Again with roses newly blown
6 I crown the long neglected lyre,
7 I strike the chords for thee alone,
8 And tender thoughts the strains inspire.
9 Through boyish days, a giddy youth,
10 I watch'd thy course with anxious eyes,
11 Have mark'd thy honour, virtue, truth,
12 Grow with thy growth, to manhood rise.
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13 And now may ev'ry future year
14 The promise of the past fulfil,
15 While to my heart for ever dear,
16 From absence, distance, dearer still.

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Title (in Source Edition): [BIRTHDAY ODE] TO THE SAME, AGED 26, A CAPTAIN OF INFANTRY IN PORTUGAL, 1798.
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Poems, by Mrs. John Hunter. London: Printed for T. Payne, Mews Gate, by T. Bensley, Bolt Court, Fleet Street, 1802, pp. 31-32. 

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