Henry Livingston, Jr.
1791 New-York Magazine; or Literary Repository

Lovely ladies are a favorite theme of Henry's

Van Deusen-Kosinski Collection

New-York Magazine; or, Literary Repository
September, 1791, p.541

To Miss (roses)
by R.

SWEET as op'ning roses are
As 'th expanded lilly fair
Blithsome as the breathing day
Smiling as the smiling May
Heav'n itself her feeling mind
Loveliest of the lovely kind
Is my Daphne - sweetest maid
That e'er sported in the glade

When beneath the nodding grove
She inclines to muse or rove
Airs of Eden float around
Flow'rs spontaneous deck the ground
Cupids clap their wings about her
Life itself's not life without her.

In just 14 lines you can see many of the elements of Henry's style.

    "as the"
    "smiling as the smiling"
    "loveliest of the lovely"
    "about her/without her"
    "Life itself's not life"

Variety of line openings:
    Adj, preposition, noun, verb, adverb
Variety of line endings:
    Verb, adjectival phrase, noun phrase, prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase
Sloppiness of rhymes:
Duplication rhymes:


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