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JOSEPH HILL, ESQ.
Dear Joseph--five and twenty years ago
And, were I called to prove the affertion true,
Whence comes it then, that in the wane of life, Though nothing have occurred to kindle ftrife, We find the friends we fancied we had won, Though numerous once, reduced to few or none? Can gold grow worthless that has stood the touch? No; gold they seemed, but they were never fuch.
I knew the man, and knew his nature mild, And was his plaything often when a child;