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SUNDAY UP THE RIVER: 15, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Give a man a horse he can ride
Last Line: At home, on land, on sea.
Alternate Author Name(s): B. V.; Bysshe Vanolis
Variant Title(s): Gifts;song
Subject(s): Gifts & Giving; Love


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.




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