Molly Odell on her Birthday

by her Father

Original Text: 
The Loyal Verses of Joseph Stansbury and Doctor Jonathan Odell, ed. Winthrop Sargent (Albany: J. Munsell, 1860): 110. Internet Archive.
2The orphan's cries, the widow's tears,
3This day my rising dawn of life
4Has measured five revolving years.
5Unconscious of the howling storm,
6No signs of shipwreck'd peace I see;
7For what, with all its bustling swarm,
8What is the noisy world to me?
9My needle and my book employ
10The busy moments of my day;
11And, for the rest, with harmless joy,
12I pass them in a round of play!
13And if, ere long, my vacant heart
14Is to be fill'd with Care and Pain,
15Still I shall bravely bear my part
16While Truth and Innocence remain.


1] Composed during the storm of the American revolutionary war with England in which Molly's father sided with the King. Back to Line
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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