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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. VI–VIII: Literature of the Republic, Part III., 1835–1860
 
Largess
By Anne Charlotte Lynch Botta (1815–1891)
 
[Born in Bennington, Vt. Died in New York, N. Y., 1891. Poems. 1881.]

GO forth in life, O friend, not seeking love;
A mendicant, that with imploring eye
  And outstretched hand asks of the passers-by
The alms his strong necessities may move.
For such poor love to pity near allied,        5
  Thy generous spirit should not stoop and wait,
A suppliant, whose prayer may be denied.
  Like a spurned beggar’s at a palace gate:
But thy heart’s affluence lavish uncontrolled;
  The largess of thy love give full and free,        10
As monarchs in their progress scatter gold;
  And be thy heart like the exhaustless sea,
That must its wealth of cloud and dew bestow,
Though tributary streams or ebb or flow.
 
 
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