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Poem by James Thomson


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,
   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;
And his heart is great with the pulse of Fate,
   At home, on land, on sea. 

James Thomson

James Thomson's other poems:
  1. Verses on Receiving a Flower from His Mistress
  2. A Pastoral Entertainment
  3. Lisy's Parting with Her Cat
  4. Care of Birds for Their Young
  5. A Nuptial Song

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Sara Teasdale Gifts ("I gave my first love laughter")

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