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(30 July 1763 – 18 December 1855)

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An Inscription in the Crimea

Shepherd, or Huntsman, or worn Mariner,
Whate'er thou art, who wouldst allay thy thirst,
Drink and be glad. This cistern of white stone,
Arch'd, and o'erwrought with many a sacred verse,
This iron cup chain'd for the general use,
And these rude seats of earth within the grove,
Were giv'n by Fatima. Borne hence a bride,
'Twas here she turn'd from her beloved sire,
To see his face no more. Oh, if thou canst,
('Tis not far off) visit his tomb with flowers;
And may some pious hand with water fill
The two small cells scoop'd in the marble there,
That birds may come and drink upon his grave,
Making it holy!------------------------------

Submitted: Friday, September 03, 2010


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