William Cowper

(26 November 1731 – 25 April 1800 / Hertfordshire)

A Comparison. Addressed To A Young Lady


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 blest where'er she goes;
Pure-bosom'd as that watery glass,
And Heaven reflected in her face.

Submitted: Tuesday, April 13, 2010

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