BLACK CAT POEMS
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To a Young Lady, who had been Reproached for taking Long Walks in the Country
Dear Child of
, let them rail!
—There is a nest in a green dale,
A harbour and a hold;
Where thou, a Wife and Friend, shalt see
Thy own heart-stirring days, and be
A light to young and old.
There, healthy as a shepherd boy,
And treading among flowers of joy
Which at no season fade,
Thou, while thy babes around thee cling,
Shalt show us how divine a thing
A Woman may be made.
Thy thoughts and feelings shall not die,
Nor leave thee, when grey hairs are nigh
A melancholy slave;
serene and bright,
And lovely as a Lapland night,
Shall lead thee to thy grave.
poems by William Wordsworth