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   English Poetry III: From Tennyson to Whitman.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
713. Gifts
 
James Thomson (B. V.) (1834–1882)
 
 
GIVE a man a horse he can ride,
  Give a man a boat he can sail;
And his rank and wealth, his strength and health,
  On sea nor shore shall fail.
 
Give a man a pipe he can smoke,        5
  Give a man a book he can read:
And his home is bright with a calm delight,
  Though the room be poor indeed.
 
Give a man a girl he can love,
  As I, O my love, love thee;        10
And his heart is great with the pulse of Fate,
  At home, on land, on sea.
 

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