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Sketches Among the Poor, No. I

By Gaskell, Elizabeth Cleghorn

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Title: Sketches Among the Poor, No. I  
Author: Gaskell, Elizabeth Cleghorn
Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
Collections: Classic Literature Collection
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In childhood's days, I do remember me Of one dark house behind an old elm-tree, By gloomy streets surrounded, where the flower Brought from the fresher air, scarce for an hour Retained its fragrant scent; yet men lived there, Yea, and in happiness; the mind doth clear In most dense airs its own bright atmosphere. But in the house of which I spake there dwelt One by whom all the weight of smoke was felt. She had o'erstepped the bound 'twixt youth and age A single, not a lonely, woman, sage And thoughtful ever, yet most truly kind: Without the natural ties, she sought to bind Hearts unto hers, with gentle, useful love, Prompt at each change in sympathy to move. And so she gained the affection, which she prized From every living thing, howe'er despised— A call upon her tenderness whene'er The friends around her had a grief to share; And, if in joy the kind one they forgot, She still rejoiced, and more was wanted not.

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