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On the Fifth of December, being the Birth-day of a beautiful young Lady.


1 HAIL, eldest of the monthly train,
2 Sire of the winter drear,
3 December, in whose iron reign
4 Expires the chequer'd Year.
5 Hush all the blust'ring blasts that blow,
6 And proudly plum'd in silver snow,
7 Smile gladly on this blest of Days.
8 The livery'd clouds shall on thee wait,
9 And Phoebus shine in all his state
10 With more than summer rays.
11 Tho' jocund June may justly boast
12 Long days and happy hours,
13 Tho' August be Pomona's host,
14 And May be crown'd with flow'rs;
15 Tell June, his fire and crimson dies,
16 By Harriot's blush and Harriot's eyes,
17 Eclips'd and vanquish'd, fade away:
18 Tell August, thou canst let him see
19 A richer, riper fruit than he,
20 A sweeter flow'r than May.


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Title (in Source Edition): On the Fifth of December, being the Birth-day of a beautiful young Lady. ODE V.
Themes: birthday
Genres: ode

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Smart, Christopher, 1722-1771. Poems on several occasions: By Christopher Smart, A. M. Fellow of Pembroke-Hall, Cambridge. London: printed for the author, by W. Strahan; and sold by J. Newbery, at the Bible and Sun, in St. Paul’s Church-Yard, MDCCLII., 1752, p. 16. [16],230p.,plates; 4⁰. (ESTC T42626; OTA K041581.000)

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