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A WIFE TO HER ABSENT HUSBAND. 191
Repentant tears did from their fountains roll,
When there was given This beam from mem'ry's star, this guide tc heaven."
Here paus'd the old man—and a tremor shook
His feeble frame; He added—" Children, shun the path I took,
The wish for fame ; Quench at the first ambition's lurid flame.
" And would ye keep the sacred path of peace,
The blessed way, Where comes no storm of passion and distress,
0! never stray From that pure light which leads to realms of day.
Sept. 13th, 1831.
A WIFE TO HER ABSENT HUSBAND.
0, could I meet thee again,
Could I mingle once more my prayers with thine, As our voices and hearts were wont to blend * Tn communion all divine.
Or, could I walk by thy side, . With a hand in thine as we used to roam,