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Samuel Kettell, ed.  Specimens of American Poetry.  1829.
By William Croswell
I KNEW my father’s chimney top,
  Though nearer to my heart than eye,
And watch’d the blue smoke reeking up
  Between me and the winter sky.
Wayworn I traced the homeward track,        5
  My wayward youth had left with joy;
Unchanged in soul I wander’d back,
  A man, in years—in heart, a boy.
I thought upon its cheerful hearth,
  And cheerful hearts’ untainted glee,        10
And felt of all I ’d seen on earth,
  This was the dearest spot to me.

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