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TO THE SPADE OF A FRIEND

(AN AGRICULTURIST)

COMPOSED WHILE WE WERE LABOURING TOGETHER IN HIS PLEASURE-GROUND

          SPADE! with which Wilkinson hath tilled his lands,
          And shaped these pleasant walks by Emont's side,
          Thou art a tool of honour in my hands;
          I press thee, through the yielding soil, with pride.

          Rare master has it been thy lot to know;
          Long hast Thou served a man to reason true;
          Whose life combines the best of high and low,
          The labouring many and the resting few;

          Health, meekness, ardour, quietness secure,
          And industry of body and of mind;                           10
          And elegant enjoyments, that are pure
          As nature is; too pure to be refined.

          Here often hast Thou heard the Poet sing
          In concord with his river murmuring by;
          Or in some silent field, while timid spring
          Is yet uncheered by other minstrelsy.

          Who shall inherit Thee when death has laid
          Low in the darksome cell thine own dear lord?
          That man will have a trophy, humble Spade!
          A trophy nobler than a conqueror's sword.                   20

          If he be one that feels, with skill to part
          False praise from true, or, greater from the less,
          Thee will he welcome to his hand and heart,
          Thou monument of peaceful happiness!

          He will not dread with Thee a toilsome day--
          Thee his loved servant, his inspiring mate!
          And, when thou art past service, worn away,
          No dull oblivious nook shall hide thy fate.

          His thrift thy uselessness will never scorn;
          An 'heir-loom' in his cottage wilt thou be:--               30
          High will he hang thee up, well pleased to adorn
          His rustic chimney with the last of Thee!
                                                              1804.


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