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Regard Due to the Feelings of Others

Lydia Howard Huntley Sigourney 1791 ( Norwich) – 1865

There is a plant that in its cell,
All trembling seems to stand,
And bend its stalk, and fold its leaves,
From each approaching hand.

And thus there is a conscious nerve,
Within the human breast,
That from the rash or careless hand,
Shrinks, and retires—distrest.

The pressure rude, the touch severe,
Will raise within the mind,
A nameless thrill, a secret tear,
A torture undefin'd.

O you, who are by nature form'd,
Each thought refin'd to know,
Repress the word, the glance, that wakes
That trembling nerve to woe.

And be it still your joy to raise
The trembler from the shade,
To bind the broken, and to heal
The wounds you never made.

When e'er you see the feeling mind,
Oh, let this care begin,
And though the cell be rude or low,
Respect the guest within.
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Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 836
Words 167
Stanzas 6
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4

Lydia Howard Huntley Sigourney

Lydia Huntley Sigourney (September 1, 1791 – June 10, 1865), née Lydia Howard Huntley, was an American poet during the early and mid 19th century. She was commonly known as the "Sweet Singer of Hartford". Most of her works were published with just her married name Mrs. Sigourney. more…

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  • Dougla$Irishman
    Is this poem about our emotions ? If so, we all can all relate to it.
    The highs and lows of our thinker ! So very interesting !
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