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The New Zealand Evangelist

Poetry — The Signs Of Prosperity.


The Signs Of Prosperity.

Where spades grow bright, and idle swords grow dull;
Where gaols are empty, and where barns are full:
Where church-paths are with frequent feet outworn;
Law court-yards weedy, silent, and forlorn;
Where doctors foot it, and where farmers ride;
Where age abounds, and youth is multiplied;
Where these signs are, they closely indicate
A happy people and well governed state.