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Such was our friend. Formed on the good old plan,
     A true and brave and downright honest man!
He blew no trumpet in the market-place,
     Nor in the church with hypocritic face
Supplied with cant the lack of Christian grace;
     Loathing pretence, he did with cheerful will
What others talked of while their hands were still;
     And, while ‘Lord, Lord! ’ the pious tyrants cried,
Who, in the poor, their Master crucified, [125]
     His daily prayer, far better understood
In acts than words, was simply doing good.
     So calm, so constant was his rectitude,
That by his loss alone we know its worth,
     And feel how true a man has walked with us on earth.

6th, 6th month, 1846.

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