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.