What a cheerful little home would this world
prove to us if we could only agree, and whether residents of cottage
or palace, would acknowledge the fraternal relationship we bear
to each other. There is no reason why we should quarrel; seeing
that concord produces so much real happiness, 'tis surely the
best way, when we meet, to meet as Brothers all. My coat may be
coarse, and yours fine; you may drink wine, and I water; but both
of us can show a true, unspotted heart; and we are. Brothers all.
You despise the rogue and the unfaithful one; having truth on
your side, you would stand firm as a rock; so would I; and thus
we are Brothers all. You would scorn to do falsely by man or woman;
I always hold by the right, and do as well as I know how; thus,
in our joys, and our affections, and in everything else that is
good, we are Brothers all. Your mother loved you as only a mother
can love; my mother did for me what none but a mother can do;
there is but one of us at last, whether high or low, for we are
Brothers all. The same fair and sunny day, is beloved by us both,
we both enjoy our home, and oh! that we were there; we draw life
from the same pure air of heaven, therefore we are Brothers all.
Old age, frail and trembling, will soon come over us both; death
will creep along after him, and summon us both away; then, into
the same graveyard we shall both be borne. Comie, neighbors, your
hands here WE ARE BROTHERS ALL!
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