John Stafford Smith
(1750 - 1836)

Smith : Down the smooth stream of life : illustration

Down the smooth stream of life
(T.T.B.)
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Pub. 1799.
Lyrics: Beilby Porteus

Down the smooth stream of life the stripling darts,
Gay as the morn; bright glows the vernal sky,
Hope swells his sails, and passion steers his course.
Safe glides his little bark along the shore,
Where virtue takes her stand; but if too far
He launches forth, beyond discretion's mark,
Sudden the tempest scowls, the surges roar,
Blot his fair day, and plunge him in the deep.