Sweet Converse

From John Thelwall, “Lines, Written at Bridgewater.” Quoted by Judith Thompson, John Thelwall in the Wordsworth Circle: The Silent Partner.

it would be sweet,

With kindly interchange of mutual aid,

To delve our little garden plots, the while

Sweet converse flow’d, suspending oft the arm

And half-driven spade, while, eater, one propounds,

And listens one, weighing each pregnant word,

And pondering fit reply…

Agreeing, or dissenting — sweet alike,

When wisdom, and not victory, the end.


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