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12It stirs no thought of strife; And Love becomes the substance, As item, of our life;

15That every ragged urchin, With bare feet soiled or sore, Share God's most tender mercies, —

18Find items at our door.

Then if we've done to others Some good ne'er told before,

21When angels shall repeat it, 'T will be an item more.

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THE OAK ON THE MOUNTAIN'S SUMMIT

Oh, mountain monarch, at whose feet I stand, —

3Clouds to adorn thy brow, skies clasp thy hand, — Nature divine, in harmony profound, With peaceful presence hath begirt thee round.

6And thou, majestic oak, from yon high place Guard'st thou the earth, asleep in night's embrace, — And from thy lofty summit, pouring down

9Thy sheltering shade, her noonday glories crown?

Whate'er thy mission, mountain sentinel, To my lone heart thou art a power and spell;

12A lesson grave, of life, that teacheth me To love the Hebrew figure of a tree.

Faithful and patient be my life as thine;

15As strong to wrestle with the storms of time; As deeply rooted in a soil of love; As grandly rising to the heavens above.

ISLE OF WIGHT

Written on receiving a painting of the Isle

Isle of beauty, thou art singing

21To my sense a sweet refrain; To my busy mem'ry bringing Scenes that I would see again.

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1Chief, the charm of thy reflecting, Is the moral that it brings;

3Nature, with the mind connecting, Gives the artist's fancy wings.

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