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Samuel Kettell, ed.  Specimens of American Poetry.  1829.
O Come from a World
By William B. Tappan (1794–1849)
O COME from a world, where sorrow and gloom,
        Chastise the allurements of joy;
A pathway bedimm’d, with no rays to illume,
        Save the meteor that shines to destroy;
Where the thoughtless have revell’d, when mirth had no charm,        5
Where the wounded have wept, but still needed the balm.
O come from a world, where the landscape is chill,
        Or deceitfully blossoming fair,
The garden gives promise of bright flowers, still,
        The nightshade luxuriates there;        10
That sky, now serene, blushing lovely and clear,
O heed not its beauty, the storm-cloud is near.
O come from a world, where the cup of delight
        Now sparkles and foams at the brim;
For the laurels that wreath it, reflection shall blight,        15
        Its lustre, repentance shall dim;
The lips, that convivial, have pledged thee the bowl,
Shall blanch with confusion when fear rives the soul.
O come from a world, where they that beguile
        Will lead thee to peril and fears;        20
For the heart that, confiding, hath welcomed its smile,
        Hath found it the prelude to tears:
Come then, there ’s a path by the reckless untrod;
O come, weary wanderer, it leads to thy God.

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