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Lines written In An Album

Helen Maria Williams 1761 (London) – 1827



OF THE BARONESS
D' H---, TO HER TWO DAUGHTERS.

BRIGHT nymphs, of NEWA'S banks the pride,
  Receive, before we part,
For you, and your maternal guide,
  The wishes of my heart!

Be every future good your lot!-
  But what can fate do more?
Has nature any boon forgot
  For you in all her store?

While, mids't the wreathes the arts have twin'd
  Around your brows, we trace
That tender modesty of mind
  That decorates the face;

Grac'd with such forms as RAPHAEL drew
  Beneath his happiest star,
What is there left to ask for you,
  But wish you-what you are?

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Helen Maria Williams

Helen Maria Williams was a British novelist poet and translator of French-language works A religious dissenter she was a supporter of abolitionism and of the ideals of the French Revolution she was imprisoned in Paris during the Reign of Terror but nonetheless spent much of the rest of her life in France A controversial figure in her own time the young Williams was favorably portrayed in a 1787 poem by William Wordsworth but she was portrayed by other writers as irresponsibly politically radical and even as sexually wanton more…

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