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TO THE LATE WILLIAM JERDAN, by                     Poet's Biography
First Line: If my poor harp has ever poured
Last Line: The thanks in these few lines revealed


If my poor Harp has ever poured
A tone that Truth alone can give;
Thou wert the one who helped that tone
To win the echo that shall live.
For thou didst bid me shun the theme
Of morbid grief, or feigned delight;
Thou bad'st me think and feel; not dream;
And "look into my heart and write."
And looking in that heart just now;
'Mid all the memories there concealed;
I find thy name still dearly claim
The thanks in these few lines revealed.






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