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LINES

ADDRESSED TO A. C., AN INFANT, ON HIS FIRST NEW-YEAR'S DAY, 1821.

I.
1 DEAR Babe, soft object of my care,
2 Unseen, for whom I pour my pray'r;
3 Unknown, yet priz'd all else above,
4 The heir of my maternal love;
5 Ah, let me hail, in simplest lay,
6 Thy earliest New-Year's Day!
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II.
7 Nor past, nor future cloud thy brow,
8 Thy range of thought confin'd to now;
9 Calm on a mother's breast you lie,
10 And heed not if, with tearful eye,
11 For thee her wishes fondly stray
12 O'er many a New-Year's Day.
III.
13 Yet soon the years in rapid flight
14 Shall wake thy heart to new delight;
15 Soon shall exulting youth draw near,
16 With charms so fresh, and hopes so dear;
17 And lovely as the bloom of May
18 Shall seem each New-Year's Day.
IV.
19 But ah, since Time at length will bring
20 No rapture on his weary wing,
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21 Then, o'er thy path, no longer bright,
22 May Virtue shed a line of light,
23 That cheers the pilgrim, when his way
24 Leads to no New-Year's Day!

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Title (in Source Edition): LINES ADDRESSED TO A. C., AN INFANT, ON HIS FIRST NEW-YEAR'S DAY, 1821.
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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. [273]-275. 

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