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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
Mother’s Blessing
By William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
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BE thou blest, Bertram! and succeed thy father
In manners, as in shape! thy blood, and virtue,
Contend for empire in thee; and thy goodness
Share with thy birthright! Love all; trust a few;
Do wrong to none: be able for thine enemy        5
Rather in power, than use; and keep thy friend
Under thy own life’s key: be checked for silence
But never taxed for speech. What heaven more will,
That thee may furnish, and my prayers pluck down,
Fall on thy head!        10

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