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To Nettie. Within this book ne'er may there steal A thought to make thee - Fair One - feel A single pang of heartfelt grief Or slightest sorrow, 'ere so brief, But let each line the muse inspire, Be filled with ardent pure desire That every good on thee may rest, And every blessing be professed, That 'ere we ask for those we love, From Earth below, or Heaven above, May ne're [ne'er] the sigh of anguish blast One bright memorial of the past, Or wavering doubt, or anxious fear, Be caused by aught recorded here; But warm affection, pure and bright, Cast o'er each page its hallowed light, Thus may this Album ever be. From vice, and pride, and passion free: From every grosser taint refined An emblem of its stainless mind, And though thy friends afar may be Beyond the wide, wide rolling sea. Remember M E.