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STANZAS TO WILLIAM ROSCOE, ESQ., by             Poet's Biography
First Line: When first, like a child building houses with cards
Last Line: By the father once own'd, and bequeath'd to the son.
Alternate Author Name(s): Quaker Poet
Subject(s): Friendship


WHEN first, like a child building houses with cards,
I mimick'd the labours of loftier bards;
Though the fabrics I built felt each breath that came near,
Thy smiles taught me hope, and thy praise banish'd fear.

Thou didst not reprove with an Aristarch's pride:
Or unfeelingly chill, or uncandidly chide;
It was not in thy nature with scorn to regard
The fresh-breathing hopes of an untutor'd bard.

Thou knew'st, whether Fame crown'd his efforts or not,
That his love of the Muse might enliven his lot;
That poesy acts like a magical charm;
And in seasons of care it can silently calm.

It might win him no wealth, yet its treasure would add
To the store of his mind, what would make the heart glad;
That the feelings and thoughts its enchantments can cherish,
Are too precious, too pure, and too lofty to perish.

Then accept of my thanks! they are justly thy due;
And forgive me for seeking once more to renew
A claim pronounc'd sacred, with being begun,
By the Father once own'd, and bequeath'd to the Son.





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