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MEMORIALS OF A TOUR ON THE CONTINENT, 1820

XV. AFTER-THOUGHT

          O LIFE! without thy chequered scene
          Of right and wrong, of weal and woe,
          Success and failure, could a ground
          For magnanimity be found;
          For faith, 'mid ruined hopes, serene?
          Or whence could virtue flow?

          Pain entered through a ghastly breach--
          Nor while sin lasts must effort cease;
          Heaven upon earth's an empty boast;
          But, for the bowers of Eden lost,                           10
          Mercy has placed within our reach
          A portion of God's peace.


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