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ADMONITION

          WELL may'st thou halt--and gaze with brightening eye!
          The lovely Cottage in the guardian nook
          Hath stirred thee deeply; with its own dear brook,
          Its own small pasture, almost its own sky!
          But covet not the Abode;--forbear to sigh,
          As many do, repining while they look;
          Intruders--who would tear from Nature's book
          This precious leaf, with harsh impiety.
          Think what the home must be if it were thine,
          Even thine, though few thy wants!--Roof, window, door,      10
          The very flowers are sacred to the Poor,
          The roses to the porch which they entwine:
          Yea, all, that now enchants thee, from the day
          On which it should be touched, would melt away.
                                                              1806.


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