to their daughters as a guide To regulate their manners and their dress, That men might love them and that heaven might bless; Oh, sad reverse, that face no more displays One vestige of the bloom of former days ! Sad misery's withering hand caused them... The drunkard: a poem - Page 12by John O'Neill - 1840 - 24 pagesFull view
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John O'Neill - 1842
...yet gay, enhanced each opening charm ; She whom the virtuous matrons with just pride Still held up to their daughters as a guide To regulate their manners...misery's withering hand caused them to fly, And tears quench'd all the lustre of her eye; Her clothes, .worn out with use, or lost or sold, No more her taper...