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Jonathan Swift : On Stella's Birthday

Stella1 this day is thirty-four,
(We won't dispute a year or more:)
However, Stella, be not troubled,
Although thy size and years are doubled
Since first I saw thee at sixteen,
The brightest virgin on the green;
So little is thy form declined,
Made up so largely in thy mind.
	O, would it please the gods to split
Thy beauty, size, and years, and wit,
No age could furnish out a pair
Of nymphs so graceful, wise, and fair;
With half the lustre of your eyes,
With half your wit, your years and size.
And then, before it grew too late,
How should I beg of gentle fate,
(That either nymph might have her swain2,)
To split my worship too in twain.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)	1719

 
FOOTNOTES
1Stella's real name was Esther Johnson and this is one of a series of poems Swift addressed to her; 2 admirer or lover
 

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