(Beareth all things.—1 Cor. xiii. 7.)
- Gently I took that which ungently came,
- And without scorn forgave :—Do thou the same.
- A wrong done to thee think a cat's-eye spark
- Thou wouldst not see, were not thine own heart dark.
- Thine own keen sense of wrong that thirsts for sin,
- Fear that—the spark self-kindled from within,
- Which blown upon will blind thee with its glare,
- Or smother'd stifle thee with noisome air.
- Clap on the extinguisher, pull up the blinds,
- And soon the ventilated spirit finds
- Its natural daylight. If a foe have kenn'd,
- Or worse than foe, an alienated friend,
- A rib of dry rot in thy ship's stout side,
- Think it God's message, and in humble pride
- With heart of oak replace it ;—thine the gains—
- Give him the rotten timber for his pains !
1832(?), published 1834.
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