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The Young Letter-writer Post by :dkubb Category :Poems Author :Charles Lamb Date :July 2011 Read :3879

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The Young Letter-writer

_Dear Sir, Dear Madam_, or _Dear Friend_,
With ease are written at the top;
When those two happy words are penn'd,
A youthful writer oft will stop,

And bite his pen, and lift his eyes,
As if he thinks to find in air
The wish'd-for following words, or tries
To fix his thoughts by fixed stare.

But haply all in vain--the next
Two words may be so long before
They'll come, the writer, sore perplext,
Gives in despair the matter o'er;

And when maturer age he sees
With ready pen so swift inditing,
With envy he beholds the ease
Of long-accustom'd letter-writing.

Courage, young friend; the time may be,
When you attain maturer age,
Some young as you are now may see
You with like ease glide down a page.

Ev'n then when you, to years a debtor,
In varied phrase your meanings wrap,
The welcom'st words in all your letter
May be those two kind words at top.

(The end)
Charles Lamb's poem: Young Letter-Writer

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