The Bijou

The Bijou;

or Annual of Literature and the Arts

compiled by William Fraser

London: William Pickering,


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On a Little Girl
By William Fraser
THAT beautiful and starry brow, 1
With youth and joy all splendent now — 2
Can it be marred by years? 3
That passionless and stainless breast, 4
Where innocence hath raised her nest — 5
Must it be racked by fears? 6
That glowing cheek and sun- bright eye 7
Whence laughter wings its archery — 8
Will it be stained with tears? 9
Such is, alas! the bitter doom 10
That waits each tenant of the tomb; — 11
And how canst thou, young bud of beauty be, 12
Excluded from the pale of destiny! 13

But years will pass nor leave behind 14
One stain upon thy seraph mind — 15
Then, come, thou fearful age! 16
And fears that rack thy breast may prove 17
The token sure of passionate love — 18
Such is love's heritage! 19

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And tears from pity's fount will flow, 20
And on the cheek full sunny glow, 21
Of joy the fond presage! 22
Thy days shall onward wing their way, 23
Like the month of fragrance- breathing May; 24
Or should Grief come thy beauties to enshroud 25
It shall pass o'er thee like an April cloud. 26
from The Bijou, 1828, pp. 198-199
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