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TO B. R. HAYDON

          HIGH is our calling, Friend!--Creative Art
          (Whether the instrument of words she use,
          Or pencil pregnant with ethereal hues,)
          Demands the service of a mind and heart,
          Though sensitive, yet, in their weakest part,
          Heroically fashioned--to infuse
          Faith in the whispers of the lonely Muse,
          While the whole world seems adverse to desert.
          And, oh! when Nature sinks, as oft she may,
          Through long-lived pressure of obscure distress,            10
          Still to be strenuous for the bright reward,
          And in the soul admit of no decay,
          Brook no continuance of weak-mindedness--
          Great is the glory, for the strife is hard!
                                                              1815.


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