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“For those and theirs, by Nature's law,
Have faded long ago ;
Your own Olivia blow,
“ From when she gambolled on the greens,
A baby-germ, to when
Could number five from ten.
“I swear, by leaf, and wind, and rain,
(And hear me with thine ears,) That, though I circle in the grain
Five hundred rings of years –
“ Yet, since I first could cast a shade,
Did never creature pass So slightly, musically made,
So light upon the grass :
“ For as to fairies, that will dit
To make the greensward fresh, I hold them exquisitely knit,
But far too spare of flesh.”
O, hide thy knotted knees in fern,
And overlook the chace; And from thy topmost branch discern
The roofs of Sumner-place.
But thou, whereon I carved her name,
That oft hast heard my vows, Declare when last Olivia came
To sport beneath thy boughs.
“O yesterday, you know, the fair
Was holden at the town;
And rode his hunter down.
« And with him Albert came on his.
I looked at him with joy: As cowslip unto oxlip is,
So seems she to the boy.
“ An hour had past -- and, sitting straight
Within the low-wheeled chaise, Her mother trundled to the gate
Behind the dappled grays.
“ But, as for her, she staid at home,
And on the roof she went,
She looked with discontent.
6. She left the novel half-uncut
Upon the rosewood shelf; She left the new piano shut :
She could not please herself.
« Then ran she, gamesome as the colt,
And livelier than a lark
Before her, and the park.
“A light wind chased her on the wing,
And in the chase grew wild,
About the darling child :
“But light as any wind that blows
So fleetly did she stir,
And turned to look at her.
“ And here she came, and round me played,
And sang to me the whole
made About my 'giant bole;
“ And in a fit of frolic mirth
She strove to span my waist :
I could not be embraced.
“I wished myself the fair young beech
That here beside me stands,
She might have locked her hands.
“ Yet seemed the pressure thrice as sweet
As woodbine's fragile hold,
feet The berried briony fold.”
O muffle round thy knees with fern,
And shadow Sumner-chace !
The roofs of Sumner-place!