Speak not too well of one who scarce will knowHimself transfigured in its roseate glow;Say kindly of him what is, chiefly, true,Remembering always he belongs to you;Deal with him as a truant, if you will,But claim him, keep him, call him brother still!
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Source Notes: Source: OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES, Poem, read at a dinner given for the author by the medical profession of the City of New York, April 12, 1883.The Poetical Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, ed. Eleanor M. Tilton, p. 71 .
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