Normale Version: Friendship
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Caroline Woolmer Leakey
1827 - 1881 Großbritannien / Australien


OH! store it well, this best and holy grant,
God's kindliest gift to man exiled on earth!
And yet how few - O sad! - will learn its worth,
And know it is a delicate transplant,
A rare exotic from a brighter land;
How few will learn to nurse it tenderly,
And guard it from the harsh rude scrutiny,
And careless grasp of rough unthinking hand.
Alas! to most by name it is but known -
A name profaned, because not understood;
Oft on an act of servitude bestowed,
Performed to answer purpose of its own.
But Friendship never bloomed perfection here,
Earth's air is cold, - it loves a warmer sphere.