My Hundred Books

A thousand books my library
  Contains;
And all are primed, it seems to me
  With brains.
Mine are so few I scratch in thought
  My head;
For just a hundred of the lot
  I've read.

A hundred books, but of the best,
  I can
With wisdom savour and digest
  And scan.
Yet when afar from kin and kith
  In nooks
Of quietness I'm happy with
  Sweet books.

So as nine hundred at me stare
  In vain,
My lack I'm wistfully aware
  Of brain;
Yet as my leave of living ends,
  With looks
Of love I view a hundred friends,
  My books.

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