A Birthday Wish

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Oh, could I as I lift this pen
   Mark out thy destiny,
I would have thee happy now as when
   Nurs'd at thy mother's knee.

I would have thee cherish'd, free from harm
   On this eventful morn,
Bless'd and content, with brow as calm
   As the hour that thou wer't born.

On a peaceful pillow thou wouldst sleep,
   Thy dreams should pleasant be;
Would God, I had the power to keep
   Thy heart from sorrow free.

The flowers of hope thy path would strew,
   To walk in manly pride;
All hearts around thee firm and true,
   Great good should thee betide.

I've not the power, alas, dear friend
   To give thee all I say,
But hope they'll please, the lines I send
   Thee, on thy natal day.

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