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"D.H.L.," who was in the infantry at Fort McClary in Kittery Point, made this acrostic for Hannah Lewis in 1809.
The acrostic creates a poem using the first letters of Hannah's name.
Heav'n-born graces, from their radient spheres,
Attendent wait, to guard, your rising years,
No chilling frost, to blast the blooming rose,
Nor may pale sickness, the fair scene oppose!
Angelic Seraphs, from ^ thrones above,
Her life, protect, & all your dee^s approve.
Learning & Sicence, with the Virtues glow,
Enrichd-in worth - may grace, & wisdom flow --
When youth decays, may Virtue brighter shine --
Inspir,d from heav,n by objects all divine;
Such be your fate, & every thought Sublime --
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