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The Fane of Memory               TEI-encoded version

"The Fane of Memory"

Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington

[In The Keepsake for 1834 (London, UK: Longman, etc, 1833), p. 198: ]

     The fane of memory is in the heart,
               And love and friendship keep in turn the key;
     Pale melancholy acts the guardian's part,
               And drives all idle visitors away.

5     Of gaiety or joy she takes no heed,
               And records writ by pleasure doth efface;
     But in her treasured tablets you may read
               The characters that sorrow loves to trace.

     To gratitude she leaves an ample page,
10               And marks what springs from pure affection's source;
     She blots the notes of envy, hate, or rage,
               But writes in never-fading words -- remorse.

     Let those who'd visit pensive mem'ry's fane,
               Acquaintance seek with friendship and with love;
15     Nor melancholy treat with cold disdain,
               Or ne'er the smiles of memory will they prove.

Date: 1833 (Coding Revisions: 12/30/2005). Author: Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington (Coding Revisions: Laura Mandell).
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