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First Line: If stores of dry and learned lore we gain
Last Line: Nor lose their lustre till the heart stands still
Subject(s): Friendship


If stores of dry and learned lore we gain,
We keep them in the memory of the brain;
Names, things, and facts, -- whate'er we knowledge call, --
There is the common ledger for them all;
And images on this cold surface traced
Make slight impression, and are soon effaced.
But we've a page, more glowing and more bright,
On which our friendship and our love to write;
That these may never from the soul depart,
We trust them to the memory of the heart.
There is no dimming, no effacement there;
Each new pulsation keeps the record clear;
Warm, golden letters all the tablet fill,
Nor lose their lustre till the heart stands still




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