Don't You Tell
If you have a cherished secret,
Don't you tell:
Not your friend, for his tympanum
Is a bell,
With its echoes wide-resounding,
Multiplied and far-resounding
Don't you tell.
If yourself, you cannot keep it,
Then, who can?
Could you more expect of any
Yet you put him, if he tells it,
If he gives away or sells it,
Sell your gems to any buyer
In the mart;
Of your wealth to feed the hungry,
Spare a part.
Blessings on the open pocket;
But your secret, keep it, lock it,
In your heart.
Ellen P. Allerton
Barrington, F. H.
(Topeka: Geo. W. Crane & Company. 1892)
February 26, 1999 /
John & Susan Howell /
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