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    THE DRUNKARD'S WIFE.   Table of Contents     BURIAL OF A FAIRY QUEEN.

Tucker, Mary E.
Poems

- THE FATHER'S LOVE.


THE FATHER'S LOVE.


FAR more priceless than the diamonds rare
from Golconda's rich mine;
Far more precious than the laurel wreaths that
victor's brown entwine,
Is the garland that fond memory weaves, and
twines about the heart--
For care nor time, nor war nor crime, can make its
tints depart.

A mother's love! most sacred boon to mortals
ever given;
'Tis not of earth; a mother's love was surely born
in heaven!
See with what gentle, tender care her darling child
she shields
From harms of life, from every strife this sphere
terrestrial yields!
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But ah, to me, of all the buds in memory's garland
fair,--
And I have there full many a gem of worth and
beauty rare,--
Is remembrance of my Father's love, that ever
shineth bright!
To me, its ray tells of the day that dawns upon
the night.

He gave to me a double share,--a Joseph's sacred
part,--
And it twined itself, like ivy-green, about my
infant heart.
I have revelled in gay fashion's throng, have bowed
at folly's shrine,
But I am sure my heart is pure, while Father's
love is mine.

All other love is mockery to this, a Father's love--
Fit emblem of the strength of His, who dwelleth
far above:
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More lasting than eternity-- more boundless than
the sea!
The blessing mine, the ray divine, may Father's
love e'er be.
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    THE DRUNKARD'S WIFE.   Table of Contents     BURIAL OF A FAIRY QUEEN.