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118
OTHER VERSE
A GENTLEMAN.
He could not be so poor that he would hate the rich, Nor yet so rich that he despised the poor. He is so brave and just, that not a turn nor hitch, In all of fortune's winding way, could lure Him to an act or thought of vile ingratitude.
He's true unto himself, and thus to every man, And has that courage, high, and grand, and strong, That comes with kindness, and with honor leads the van To help the right, and sternly punish wrong; To strip injustice till it shivers, shamed and nude.
He seeks the culture that, refining, gives a grace
And comfort to himself and those around; He has not ostentation, nor would he abase Himself to thus become a monarch crowned. Clean comes his thought, and from his hand a brother's grip.
He comes from anywhere aye, e'en from Nazareth