They presence hath been grateful – thou hast brought
Toil and privation, which have tutor’d me,
To strength and fit endurance; – set me free
From vainest fancies, – and most kindly wrought
On the affections which had else run wild,
Untrained by meet denial of their thirst.
What though I held thee yesterday accurst, -
Believe me not the vain and erring child
Still to remember chastening by its pain,
More than its uses; – True, that to my home
Though hast brought grief, and often left it gloom; -
But that I do not of they deed complain,
Is proof that they have done no bootless part -
Have hurt my house, perchance, but help’d my heart.
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