William Cowper

(26 November 1731 – 25 April 1800 / Hertfordshire)

On Receiving Hayley's Picture - Poem by William Cowper

In language warm as could be breathed or penned
Thy picture speaks the original my friend,
Not by those looks that indicate thy mind,
They only speak thee friend of all mankind;
Expression here more soothing still I see,
That friend of all, a partial friend to me.

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, April 13, 2010

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