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TO -- OCCASIONED BY HIS POEM ON THE SUN, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: While, florio, thy young venturous muse
Last Line: And mix with heavenly fire.
Alternate Author Name(s): Aikin, Anna Letitia

While, Florio, thy young venturous Muse
Pursues her shining way,
And like the generous eagle soars
To meet the blaze of day;

With the fair dawn of genius charmed,
A nobler theme I find;
I hail the intellectual morn,
I sing the bloom of mind.

The sun which bids the ruby glow,
And wakes the purple rose,
A richer gem did ne'er refine,
A sweeter bud disclose.

That bud to golden fruit shall swell,
That gem be polish'd bright,
The kindling dawn of science spread
To clear meridian light.

When gems grow pale, and roses droop,
And sickening suns expire, --
The mind, a ray from heaven, shall live,
And mix with heavenly fire.

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