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Poem by James Thomas Fields

To a Friend

Go, with a manly heart,
   ⁠Where courage leads the brave,Ч
High thoughts, not years, have stamped their part,
   ⁠Who shunned the coward's grave.

Clear, to the eye of youth,
⁠   Their record stands enrolled,
Who held aloft the flag of Truth,
⁠   Nor slept beneath its fold.

They heard the trumpet sound
⁠   Where hosts to battle trod,
And marched along that burning ground;
   ⁠Fear not! they rest with God.

Like them advance in love,
   ⁠And upward bend thy sight;
Win Faith through Prayer; He rules above
⁠   Who still protects the right.

James Thomas Fields

James Thomas Fields's other poems:
  1. On a Book of Sea-Mosses
  2. Common Sense
  3. The Lucky Horseshoe
  4. A Valentine
  5. The Owl Critic

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Matthew Arnold To a Friend ("Who prop, thou ask'st in these bad days, my mind?")
  • Anna Barbauld To a Friend ("May never more of pensive melancholy")
  • William Bowles To a Friend ("Go, then, and join the murmuring city's throng!")
  • William Shenstone To a Friend ("Have you ne'er seen, my gentle Squire!")
  • Joseph Drake To a Friend ("Yes, faint was my applause and cold my praise")
  • Richard Hovey To a Friend ("ALL too grotesque our thoughts are sometimes")
  • Amy Lowell To a Friend ("I ask but one thing of you, only one")
  • James Lowell To a Friend ("One strip of bark may feed the broken tree")
  • John Pierpont To a Friend ("Friend of my dark and solitary hour")

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