Thursday, September 18, 2008

THE BEAUTIFUL LADY

How could I become cruel
how could I become vicious
I had before my eyes
only examples of mildness
I found so little to excite my desires
those I had seldom contradicted
I was hardly sensible of possessing any
I was absolute stranger to caprice

Charms and countenance
conspicuous in this lovely girl
her tenderness and unaffected gaiety
banished melancholy
made all around her happy

The look, manner and attitude
still before my eyes
the serenity and cheerfulness
she is as amiable and beautiful
as she is good and generous

The object in my power
the masterpiece of love
who would guess
the cause of my tears
what at this moment
passed within me
her wit and person
equally approach projection

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