Lyric Poems and Thoughts in Verse

Lyric Poems and Thoughts in Verse

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1874 edition. Excerpt: ...and sloth, Have drank the cup of vice, filled to the brim. And so, poor youth! it hath befallen thee, That they, whose good example should have taught Thee how to act and think, and bow the knee To Heaven, have only evil to thee wrought, And learned thee how to lie, and swear, and steal; And so have hardened and degraded thee; Nought caring for thy happiness and weal, Nor if thou endest on the gallows tree. But yet there is another fatal source, That may have brought thee to thy abject state, Which may have led thee to an evil course, The laws of God and man to violate. Thou mayest have been well taught and dearly loved, And with good parents have been blessed withal; But thine own evil nature may have proved The pregnant cause of this thy direful fall. Thou mayest thyself have taken to evil way, Or bad companions may have poisoned thee, Or restlessness may have led thee astray, And from safe wisdom's voice have made thee flee. A mother's tears now may be flowing o'er, In daily grief at thy degraded state, A father's heart may bleed at every pore For thee, beloved although degenerate. But from whatever source thou mayest have sprung, Thou needest now a neighbour's kindly aid; Into misfortune's lap thou hast been flung, Our duty is to help thee--not upbraid. For surely none amongst us all can tell That had thy lot been ours we had better done; Nay, not indeed that we had done so well As thou whose very sight we now would shun. For as a flower is bright, grown in the sun, Which would have sickly been, reared in the shade; As grass grows green and fresh where waters run, But on the bleak hill's side scarce shows a blade: So man, by circumstance in which he's placed, By early teaching and example shown, By various causes, could they all more

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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236926897
  • 9781236926890