Poetical recreations consisting of original poems, songs, odes, &c. with several new translations : in two parts
Barker, Jane.
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THE MIDDLE SISTER, Ascribed to CLARINDA.

DAme Nature seems to make your Sisters stand,
As Handmaids that attend on either hand;
To right or left I turn not, Poets say,
The middle is the best and safest way.
Fortune and Nature are your Friends (my Fair)
For they have plac'd you here in Vertue's Chair:
Doubtless in you the Middle Grace I see,
On this side Faith, on that sweet Charity.
Your Sisters stand like Banks on either side,
Whilst you the Crystal stream betwixt them glide;
Or, if you will, they walk on either side
Like Bride-Maids, you in middle like a Bride.
What shall I farther add? The Trav'ller sees
A pleasant Walk between two rows of Trees:
The smooth and silent Flood in th' middle flows,
But the Shoars murmur from the Banks rough Brows.