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Major Henry Livingston, Jr. (1748-1828)

To my little niece Anne Duyckinck, aged 9 years

              1To his charming black-eyed niece
              2Uncle Harry wishest peace!
              3Wishes roses over strow'd
              4O'er her sublunary road!

              5No rude winds around her howl,
              6O'er her head no tempests scowl;
              7No red lightnings flash around,
              8No loud thunders rock the ground!

              9Bright has been her morning sun,
            10Brighter still be that to come!
            11All a blue serene above,
            12Within, all innocence and love.

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: e-mail message (Mary Van Deusen, August 6, 1999).
First publication date: 1787
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 2000.
Recent editing: 2:2002/4/18

Rhyme: aabb

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