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A friend to chide me when I'm wrong, My inmost soul to see;
And that my friendship prove as strong
I want a kind and tender heart,
A soul secure from fortune's dart,
I want a keen, observing eye,
The truth, through all disguise to spy,
A tongue, to speak at virtue's need,
In heaven's sublimest strain;
And lips, the cause of man to plead,
I want uninterrupted health,
And streams of never-failing wealth,
To scatter far and near ;
The destitute to clothe and feed,
Supply the helpless orphan's need,
I want the genius to conceive,
Designs, the vicious to retrieve,
Inventive power, combining skill,
A persevering soul,
Of human hearts to mould the will,
I want the seals of power and place,
Charged by the people's unbought grace,
To rule my native land;
Nor crown nor sceptre would I ask,
But from my country's will;
By day, by night, to ply the task
I want the voice of honest praise
And to be thought, in future days,
In choral union to the skies,
Their blessings on my name.
These are the wants of mortal man;
For life itself is but a span,
And earthly bliss a song.
My last great want, absorbing all,
Is, when beneath the sod,
And summoned to my final call—
And oh while circles in my veins
And yet a fragment small remains
My soul, in humble hope unscared,
That this thy want may be prepared
To meet the Judgment day.
-J. Q. ADAMS.
Wine, wine, thy power and praise
Should ye ever be one of a fainting band,
Let Heaven this one rich gift withhold,
How soon we find it is better than gold.
I have ever found from my own knowledge and custom, as well as from the custom and observation of others, that those who drink nothing but water, or make it their principal drink, are but little affected by the climate, and can undergo the greatest fatigue without inconvenience.* -DR. MOSELY.
From The Use and Abuse of Liquors, by W. B. Carpenter.
Care should be taken not to drink water from wells in which leaves or other decaying matter have fallen. If necessitated to use such water, it should first be boiled and then filtered. It has been stated that water may hold malaria in solution, and that the poison may thus be introduced into the system.*
* From A Manual of Family Medicine and Hygiene or India, by Sir William Moore.