William Cowper

26 November 1731 – 25 April 1800 / Hertfordshire

On Receiving Hayley's Picture

In language warm as could be breathed or penned
Thy picture speaks the original my friend,
Not by those looks that indicate thy mind,
They only speak thee friend of all mankind;
Expression here more soothing still I see,
That friend of all, a partial friend to me.
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