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    UPON RECEIPT OF A POUND OF
  --  COFFEE IN 1863.   Table of Contents     TO FANNIE.

Tucker, Mary E.
Poems

- MRS. MYRICK'S LECTURE.


MRS. MYRICK'S LECTURE.


YOU know, dear, that this vicious world is
ever prone to see,
Most glaring faults and blemishes, in even purity;
And thus, my dear, a shade of black will much the
darker show,
Should it chance to be embedded in the virgin
white of snow.

The modest flowered of the wood that's born to
blush unseen,
May all its simple defects hide with its own veil
of green;
But woe betide the stately rose, the pride of the
parterre,
Should but the canker-spot of life upon its leaves
appear.
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The rose's heart, for that is hid, may with the
blight corrode;
Have faults, but ever hide them well, for that is
a-la-mode;
Should you but say that you have sinned-- that you
are but a mortal,--
The world, amazed, will scorning cry, "she'll ne'er
see heaven's portal!"

The brittle glass of character will have stains on it
cast
By malice of the slanderous world, for simple faults,
long past;
No matter how much tempted, or how pure your
heart has been,
You're wicked, in the last degree, if scandal knows
your sin.

Thank God! repentant sinners are not judged by
those of earth,
Or they would never be redeemed by an immortal
birth.
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Ah! He, when the last trump shall sound, "who
doeth all things well,"
Will wipe our sorrowing tears away, and pains of
anguish quell.

See the flaw in this bright diamond; were it but a
thing of glass,
A much larger flaw, unnoticed, would before the
world's eye pass;
Gaze in the clearest waters, rocks and blemishes
you spy,
That in less clearer streamlets would be hidden
from your eye.

Be not offended now, my dear, at counsel from a
friend,
Who blessings on thy youthful head, would daily,
hourly send.
Deep in your heart your secrets keep; to enemies
be civil;
And oh, be careful, and avoid appearances of evil.
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    UPON RECEIPT OF A POUND OF
  --  COFFEE IN 1863.   Table of Contents     TO FANNIE.