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TO THE DANDELION.
DEAR common flower, that grow'st beside the
Fringing the dusty road with harmless gold,
Which children pluck, and, full of pride uphold, High-hearted buccaneers, o'erjoyed that they An Eldorado in the grass have found,
Which not the rich earth's ample round "May match in wealth, thou art more dear to me Than all the prouder summer-blooms may be.
Gold such as thine ne'er drew the Spanish
Through the primeval hush of Indian seas,
age, to rob the lover's heart of ease; 'Tis the Spring's largess, which she scatters now
To rich and poor alike, with lavish hand,
To take it at God's value, but pass by
Thou art my tropics and mine Italy;
Are in the heart, and heed not space or time:
Then think I of deep shadows on the grass,
The gleaming rushes lean a thousand ways,
That from the distance sparkle through Some woodland gap, and of a sky above, Where one white cloud like a stray lamb doth
My childhood's earliest thoughts are linked with
The sight of thee calls back the robin's song.
Beside the door, sang clearly all day long,
And I, secure in childish piety, Listened as if I heard an angel sing
With news from heaven, which he could bring Fresh every day to my untainted ears When birds and flowers and I were happy peers.
How like a prodigal doth nature seem, When thou, for all thy gold, so common art! Thou teachest me to deem
More sacredly of every human heart,
Since each reflects in joy its scanty gleam
And with a child's undoubting wisdom look
SHE CAME AND WENT.
As a twig trembles, which a bird.
As, clasps some lake, by gusts unriven, The blue dome's measureless content, my soul held that moment's heaven;I only know she came and went.
As, at one bound, our swift spring heaps
An angel stood and met my gaze,
Through the low doorway of my tent; The tent is struck, the vision stays;I only know she came and went.
Oh, when the room grows slowly dim,
I had a little daughter,
Might in some dim wise divine
I know not how others saw her,
And as many changes took,
To what can I liken her smiling
How it leaped from her lips to her eyelids, And dimpled her wholly over,