On Burning a Parcel of Old MSS
Wrecks of forgotten thought, or disapproved, Farewell! and as your smouldering flames ascend, Read me a parting lesson. As the friend Familiar once, but since less fondly loved, (Dire spite of earthly chance), and wide removed With earthquake of the heart! has ceased to blend Warmth with my warmth, and sympathies extend, Where mine are linked and locked! Had I but proved Earlier your weakness! Yet not all in vain Do I receive your warning. On I hie, All unrepressed, though cautious; nor complain Of faint essays in tottering infancy. Enough, if cleansed at last from earthly stain, My homeward march be firm, and pure my evening sky.
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