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TO MRS. K—,

ON HER SENDING ME ENGLISH CHRISTMAS PLUMB-CAKE, AT PARIS.

1 WHAT crowding thoughts around me wake,
2 What marvels in a Christmas-cake!
3 Ah say, what strange enchantment dwells
4 Enclos'd within its od'rous cells?
5 Is there no small magician bound
6 Encrusted in its snowy round?
7 For magic surely lurks in this,
8 A cake that tells of vanish'd bliss;
9 A cake that conjures up to view
10 The early scenes, when life was new;
11 When mem'ry knew no sorrows past,
12 And hope believ'd in joys that last!
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13 Mysterious cake, whose folds contain
14 Life's calendar of bliss and pain;
15 That speaks of friends for ever fled,
16 And wakes the tears I love to shed.
17 Oft shall I breathe her cherish'd name
18 From whose fair hand the off'ring came:
19 For she recalls the artless smile
20 Of nymphs that deck my native Isle;
21 Of beauty that we love to trace,
22 Allied with tender, modest grace;
23 Of those who, while abroad they roam,
24 Retain each charm that gladdens home,
25 And whose dear friendship can impart
26 A Christmas banquet for the heart!

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Title (in Source Edition): TO MRS. K—, ON HER SENDING ME ENGLISH CHRISTMAS PLUMB-CAKE, AT PARIS.
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Poems on various subjects: with introductory remarks on the present state of science and literature in France. London: G. and W. B. Whittaker, 1823, pp. [256]-257. 

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