A Heart For Every Reason…

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Dear child of Nature, let them rail!

–There is a nest in a green dale,

A harbor and a hold;

Where thou, a wife and friend, shalt see

Thy own heart-stirring days, and be

A light to young and old.

There, healthy as a shepherd boy,

And treading among flowers of joy

Which at no season fade,

Thou, while thy babes around thee cling,

Shalt show us how divine a thing

A woman may be made.

Thy thoughts and feelings shall not die,

Nor leave thee, when gray hairs are nigh,

A melancholy slave;

But an old age serene and bright,

And lovely as a Lapland night,

Shall lead thee to thy grave.

TO A YOUNG LADY WHO HAD BEEN REPROACED FOR TAKING LONG WALKS IN THE COUNTRY

WILLIAM WORDSWORTH 1805

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