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First Line: Here once engaged the stranger's view
Last Line: And blotted out the line for ever.
Alternate Author Name(s): Byron, Lord; Byron, 6th Baron
Subject(s): Friendship; Harrow, England; Pride; Time; Self-esteem; Self-respect

HERE once engaged the stranger's view
Young Friendship's record simply traced;
Few were her words, -- but yet, though few,
Resentment's hand the line defaced.

Deeply she cut -- but not erased,
The characters were still so plain,
That Friendship once return'd and gazed, --
Till Memory hail'd the words again.

Repentance placed them as before,
Forgiveness join'd her gentle name;
So fair the inscription seem'd once more,
That Friendship thought it still the same.

Thus might the Record now have been;
But, ah, in spite of Hope's endeavour
Or Friendship's tears, Pride rush'd between,
And blotted out the line for ever.

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