LibriVox volunteers bring you 17 recordings of Gifts by James Thomson (1834–1882). This was the weekly poetry project for August 9th, 2009.
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Give a man a horse he can ride,
Give a man a boat he can sail;
And his rank and wealth, his strength and health,
On sea nor shore shall fail.
Give a man a pipe he can smoke,
Give a man a book he can read:
And his home is bright with a calm delight,
Though the room be poor indeed.
Give a man a girl he can love,
As I, O my love, love thee;
And his heart is great with the pulse of Fate,
At home, on land, on sea.
This week’s poem can also be found here.