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First Line: There is in life no blessing like affection
Last Line: And wealth an empty glitter, without love.
Alternate Author Name(s): L. E. L.; Maclean, Letitia
Variant Title(s): Affection


THERE is in life no blessing like affection:
It soothes, it hallows, elevates, subdues,
And bringeth down to earth its native heaven.
It sits beside the cradle patient hours,
Whose sole contentment is to watch and love;
It bendeth o'er the death-bed, and conceals
Its own despair with words of faith and hope.
Life has nought else that may supply its place:
Void is ambition, cold is vanity,
And wealth an empty glitter, without love.





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