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WHO GAVE THE AUTHOR A LOCK OF MILTON'S HAIR.
A LIBERAL taste, and a wise gentleness,
Have ever been the true physician's dower,
Of those old Grecian busts; and helps to bless
To add to these an ear for the sweet hold
Of music, and an eye, aye and a hand
For forms which the smooth Graces tend and follow,
Shews thee indeed true offspring of the bland
And vital god, whom she of happy mould,
The Larissaan beauty, bore Apollo.
ON A LOCK OF MILTON'S HAIR.
Ir lies before me there, and my own breath
Ran his fine fingers, when he leant, blank-eyed,
With their heaped locks, or his own Delphic wreath.
There seems a love in hair, though it be dead.
It is the gentlest, yet the strongest thread
Of our frail plant,-a blossom from the tree
Patience and Gentleness is Power.
Behold affectionate eternity.