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Nan Collie Chapel Hill / United States, Female, 76
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    • POEM: Abou Ben Adhem by James Henry Leigh Hunt (9/17/2007 3:52:00 PM)

      Delighted to find the full text of this poem, whose first line simply 'popped' into my
      mind and speech when speaking on the phone to my 93 year old Aunt, who
      lives in Scotland. As she was speaking about her 8 greatgrandchildren, I
      just said: 'Like Abu Ben Adhem, may his tribe increase,'re like Abu
      Ben Adhem! '. And, much to my delight, she recited back to me the second line
      of the poem, 'Awoke one night from a deep dream of peace.' I mentioned to her
      that I had learned it long ago (I am 63) but, couldn't remember whether it was
      American (which I am) or British. And then our conversation moved on to other topics, but, afterward, I wanted to find out the whole poem, and came upon it on this most helpful website. Here, and on other sites, I see it is British in origin, but,
      was often memorized by children in the 40's and 50's. So, it could have been from
      my Scottish parents, or, at school. At any rate, I am quite happy to have found it on this site, and went ahead and copied down the full poem, whose general narrative I did have in mind, and will seek to commit it to memory once again; it
      is a picturesque reminder of one of life's most important truths and aims.