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A SONNET ON CHRISTIAN NAMES, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: In christian world mary the garland wears?
Last Line: These all, than saxon edith, please me less.
Alternate Author Name(s): Elia
Subject(s): Names


(Written in the album of Edith Southey)

IN Christian world Mary the garland wears!
Rebecca sweetens on a Hebrew's ear;
Quakers for pure Priscilla are more clear;
And the light Gaul by amorous Ninon swears.
Among the lesser lights how Lucy shines!
What air of fragrance Rosamond throws round!
How like a hymn doth sweet Cecilia sound!
Of Marthas, and of Abigails, few lines
Have bragged in verse. Of coarsest household stuff
Should homely Joan be fashioned. But can
You Barbara resist, or Marian?
And is not Clare for love excuse enough?
Yet, by my faith in numbers, I profess,
These all, than Saxon Edith, please me less.





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