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Mine be a cot beside the hill;
A bee-hive's hum shall soothe my ear;
A willowy brook, that turns a mill,
With many a fall shall linger near.
The swallow, oft, beneath my thatch,
Shall twitter from her clay-built nest;
Oft shall the pilgrim lift the latch,
And share my meal, a welcome guest.

Around my ivied porch shall spring
Each fragrant flower that drinks the dew
And Lucy, at her wheel, shall sing
In russet gown and apron blue.
The village-church, among the trees,
Where first our marriage-vows were given,
With merry peals shall swell the breeze,
And point with taper-spire to heaven.

Her poverty was glad; her heart content,
Nor knew she what the spleen or vapour meant.




He's truly valiant that can suffer
The worst that man can breathe; and make his wrongs
His outsides; to wear them like his raiment, carolessly;
And ne'er prefer his injuries to his heart,
To bring it inta danger.



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