Sonnet XI.

by John Moultrie

John Moultrie

Mary, thou canst not boast thy sister's brow
Capacious, nor her proud and piercing eye,
Nor that calm look of conscious dignity,
Which makes us poets in her presence bow;
Yet scarce to me less beautiful art thou,
With thy dove's eyes, so modest, mild, and shy, or how;
And that retiring meek simplicity
Which wins pure hearts, they scarce know why
Nor is thy voice less full of pleasant sound,
Thy words of pleasant meaning to my ear,
Albeit thy mind than hers is less profound,
Thy wit less bright. Sweet girl, for many a year,
No countenance more lovely have I found,
No gentler heart, no youthful friend more dear.

Last updated July 21, 2017