On Burning a Parcel of Old MSS.

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Sir John F. W. Herschel, Essays from the Edinburgh and Quarterly Reviews, with addresses and other Pieces (London: Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, and Robarts, 1857): 741. Fisher Rare Book Library
1Wrecks of forgotten thought, or disapproved,
2     Farewell! and as your smouldering flames ascend,
3     Read me a parting lesson. As the friend
4Familiar once, but since less fondly loved,
5(Dire spite of earthly chance), and wide removed
6     With earthquake of the heart! has ceased to blend
7     Warmth with my warmth, and sympathies extend,
8Where mine are linked and locked! Had I but proved
9Earlier your weakness! Yet not all in vain
10     Do I receive your warning. On I hie,
11All unrepressed, though cautious; nor complain
12     Of faint essays in tottering infancy.
13Enough, if cleansed at last from earthly stain,
14     My homeward march be firm, and pure my evening sky.
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Ian Lancashire
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