My Neighbor's Ring

I NEVER envied his fair, fruitful lands,
His stately house, his slaves, nor anything,
In the old days; for on his too white hands
I saw and knew the Ring.
To-night there is strange news abroad, I’m told.
The Ring, the Ring! — It is the same, ah me,
That to their lord the fishermen of old
Brought back from the deep sea!
Mrs. S. M. B. Piatt.