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    Coventry Patmore
Excerpt from book: II. MRS. GRAHAM TO FREDERICK. ll/TY dearest Child, Honoria sways "A double power through Charlotte Hayes ! In minds to first-love's memory pledged The second Cupid's born full-fledged. I saw, and trembled for the day When you should see her beauty, gay And pure as apple-blooms, that show Outside a blush and inside snow: Her high and touching elegance Of order'd life as free as chance. Ah, haste from her bewitching side, No friend for you, far less a bride ! But, warning from a hope so wild, I wrong you. Yet this know, my Child : He that but lends his heart to hear The music of a foreign sphere, Is thenceforth lonely, and for all His days like one who treads the Wall Of China, and, on this hand, sees Cities and their civilities, And, on the other, lions. Well, (Your rash reply I thus foretell,) Good is the knowledge of what's fair, Though bought with temporal despair ! Yes, good for one, but not for two. Will it content a wife that you Should pine for love, in love's embrace, Through having known a happier grace : And break with inward sighs your rest, Because, though good, she's not the best ? You would, you think, be just and kind, And keep your counsel! You will find You cantiot such a secret keep. 'Twill out, like murder, in your sleep : A touch will tell it, though, for pride, She may her bitter knowledge hide : And, whilst she accepts love's make-believe, You'll twice despise what you'd deceive. For your sake, I am glad to hear You sail so soon. I send you, Dear, The books you ask'd me for. Adieu ! Tell me of all you are and do. I know, thank God, whate'er it be, 'Twill need no veil 'twixt you and me. chapter{Section 4III. FREDERICK TO HIS MOTHER. rilHE multitude of voices blythe Of early day, the hissing scythe Across the dew drawn and withdr...  
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