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Short poem

Charles Lamb (1775-1834)

To Margaret W------

              1Margaret, in happy hour,
              2Christen'd from that humble flower
              3    Which we a daisy call!
              4May thy pretty name-sake be
              5In all things a type of thee,
              6    And image thee in all.

              7Like it you show a modest face,
              8An unpretending native grace; --
              9    The tulip, and the pink,
            10The china and the damask rose,
            11And every flaunting flower that blows,
            12    In the comparing shrink.

            13Of lowly fields you think no scorn;
            14Yet gayest gardens would adorn,
            15    And grace, wherever set.
            16Home-seated in your lonely bower,
            17Or wedded -- a transplanted flower --
            18    I bless you, Margaret!


1] "Marguerite, in French, signifies a daisy" (note in Athenaeum edition).

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Charles and Mary Lamb, Poems and Plays (London: Methuen, 1912): 102-03. PR 4860 A2 1912 Trinity College Library
First publication date: 14 March 1835
Publication date note: The Athenaeum
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 2000.
Recent editing: 4:2002/2/17

Composition date: 8 October 1834
Composition date note: In Edmonton
Rhyme: aabaab

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