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ADMONITION [TO A TRAVELLER], by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Well may'st thou halt, and gaze with brightening eye
Last Line: On which it should be touched, would melt away.
Subject(s): Travel; Journeys; Trips


WELL may'st thou halt -- and gaze with brightening eye!
[or, Yes, there is holy pleasure in thine eye!]
The lovely Cottage in the guardian nook
Hath stirred thee deeply; with its own dear brook,
Its own small pasture, almost its own sky!
But covet not the Abode; -- forbear to sigh,
As many do, repining while they look;
Intruders -- who would tear from Nature's book
This precious leaf, with harsh impiety.
Think what the home must be if it were thine,
Even thine, though few thy wants! -- Roof, window, door,
The very flowers are sacred to the Poor,
The roses to the porch which they entwine:
Yea, all, that now enchants thee, from the day
On which it should be touched, would melt away.







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