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     Surely smiling is not sinning;
Leave your quilling, leave your spinning;
     What is all your store of linen,
If your heart is never gay?
     Come away, come away!
Never yet did sad beginning
     Make the task of life a play.”

Overbending, till she's blending
     With the flaxen skein she's tending
Pale brown tresses smoothed away
     From her face of patient sorrow,
Sits she, seeking but to borrow,
     From the trembling hope of morrow,
Solace for the weary day.
     “Go your way, laugh and play;
Unto Him who heeds the sparrow
     And the lily, let me pray.”

“With our rally, rings the valley,—
     Join us!” cried the blue-eyed Nelly;
‘Join us!’ cried the laughing May,
     “To the beach we all are going,
And, to save the task of rowing,
     West by north the wind is blowing,
Blowing briskly down the bay!
     Come away, come away!
Time and tide are swiftly flowing,
     Let us take them while we may!

Never tell us that you'll fail us,
     Where the purple beach-plum mellows
On the bluffs so wild and gray.

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