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LAST OF THE FLOCK. In distant countries I have been; And yet I have
not often seen A healthy Man, a Man full grown, Weep in the public
roads alone. But such a one, on English ground, And in the broad
high-way, I met; Along the broad high-way he came, His cheeks with
tears were wet. Sturdy he seemed, though he was sad; And in his
arms a Lamb he had. He saw me, and he turned nside As if he wished
himself to hide: Then with his coat he made essay To wipe those
briny tears away. I followed him, and said, " My Friend " What ails
you ? wherefore weep you so ? ?" Shame on me, Sir ! this lusty
Lamb, He makes my tears to flow. To-day I fetched him from the
rock; He is the last of all my flock. When I was young, a single
Man, And after youthful follies ran, Though little given to care
and thought, Yet, so it was, a Ewe I bought; And other sheep from
her I raised, As healthy -sheep as you might see; And then I
married, and was rich As I could wish to be; ' - t Of sheep I
numbered a full score, And every year increased my'store. Year
after year my stock it grew. And from this one, this single Ewe,
Full fifty comely sheep I raised, As sweet a flock as ever grazed !
Upon the mountain did they feed, They throve, and we at home did
thrive. ?This lusty Lamb" of all my store Is all that is alive; And
now I care not if we die, And perish all of poverty. Six Children,
Sir ! had I to feed, Hard labour in a time of need ! My pride was
tamed, and in our grief, I of the Parish ask'd relief. They said I
was a wealthy man; My sheep upon the mountain fed, And it was fit
that thence I took Whereof to buy us bread: " " Do this; how can we
give to you," They cried, " what to the poor is due...
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