Have you seen the delightless abode,
Where Penury nurses Despair;
Where comfortless Life is a load,
Age wishes no longer to bear.
Ah! who, in this lazerhouse pent,
His lone wailings sends up to the skies?
‘Tis the Man whose young prime was mispent;
‘Tis he who so bitterly sighs.
His Youth, sunk in profligate waste,
Lest no Comforts Life’s evening to cheer;
He must only it’s bitterness taste,
No Friend, no kind relative near.
His Children by want forc’d to roam,
Are aliens wherever they are:
They have long left his desolate home;
Have left him alone to despair.
Have you seen the delectable place,
Where honor’d Age loves to abide;
Where Plenty, and Pleasure, and Peace,
With Virtue and Wisdom reside?
Autumn’s Fruits he has carefully stor’d;
His Herds willing tributes abound:
And the smiles of his plenteous board,
By his Children’s Children are crown’d.
And his is the Godlike delight,
The power to relieve the distress’d! …
Who can contemplate blessings so bright,
And not wish to be equally bless’d.
Then let not the means be forgot:
Remember, and mark this great truth;
‘Twas not Chance fix’d his prosp’rous Lot,
‘Twas the Virtues of provident Youth.
If such a bright prospect can charm,
If you feel emulation arise,
If your juvenile bosom is warm,
With the hope to be wealthy and wise;
O cherish the noble design,
The maxims of Prudence pursue,
Application and Industry join,
‘Tis the way fickle Fortune to woo.
Early cultivate Virtue’s rich seeds;
These will fruits in Life’s winter display:
Ne’er defer till to-morrow good deeds,
That as well might be finish’d to-day.
For Age and Experience can tell,
And you’ll find, when you grow an old man,
Though it’s never too late to do well,
You will wish you had sooner began.
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