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A REMEMBRANCE 189
Fortune and friends were my defensive wall,
And both the wise And ignorant did laud me to J;he skies.
" Still, still I was unhappy with the same
Deep, restless heart; A wild ambition no success could tame
Would make me start With fearful thoughts, and bid my peace depart.
" At length, a guilty wretch, I cross'd the seas;
With frenzied brain, And fiery impulse, chasten'd by disease,
Subdued by pain, . I sought the homestead of my youth again.
" I thought to hide me in its quiet shade
From every care, And find the peace, which, when a child I play'd,
Seem'd resting there, On all its scenery, and its walks so fair.
" I thought once more the beauteous links to bind
Of friendship, love, Which I had broken from my worthless mind
When first I rov'd, Ere half this sacred tenderness I prov'd.