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FORGIVE AND FORGET.
When streams of unkindness, as bitter as gall, Bubble
from the heart to the tongue, And Meekness is writhing in torment and thrall,
By the hands of Ingratitude wrung,
While the anguish is festering yet,
“ I now can forgive and forget.”
But, if the bad spirit is chased from the heart,
And the lips are in penitence steep'd, With the wrong so repented the wrath will depart,
Though scorn on injustice were heaped ; For the best compensation is paid for all ill,
When the cheek with contrition is wet, And every one feels it is possible still
At once to forgive and forget.
To forget? It is hard for a man with a mind,
However his heart may forgive,
And but for the future to live :
Recollection the spirit will fret,
Though we strive to forgive and forget.
Oh, hearken ! my tongue shall the riddle unseal,
And mind shall be partner with heart, While thee to thyself I bid conscience reveal,
And show thee how evil thou art :
How vast is that infinite debt!
Been swift to forgive and forget!
Brood not on insults or injuries old,
For thou art injurious too, -
For thou art unkind and untrue :
Now mercy with justice is met,
Nor learn to forgive and forget?
Yes, yes ; let a man, when his enemy weeps,
Be quick to receive him a friend ;
Hot coals,-to refine and amend;
As a nurse on her innocent pet,
And whisper, Forgive and forget.
“ MY MIND TO ME A KINGDOM IS.”
EUREKA ! this is truth sublime,
conscious soul to steep,
Yes, eureka,—I have found it,
This remains, and still shall stay
Noble solace, true and strong,
for adverse fates,