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[334] Burned, unconsumed, a voice without a sound
     Spake to him from each kindled bush around,
And made the strange, new landscape holy ground!

And when the bitter north-wind, keen and swift,
     Swept the white street and piled the dooryard drift,
He exercised, as Friends might say, his gift

Of verse, Dutch, English, Latin, like the hash
     Of corn and beans in Indian succotash;
Dull, doubtless, but with here and there a flash

Of wit and fine conceit,—the good man's play
     Of quiet fancies, meet to while away
The slow hours measuring off an idle day.

At evening, while his wife put on her look
     Of love's endurance, from its niche he took
The written pages of his ponderous book.

And read, in half the languages of man,
     His ‘Rusca Apium,’ which with bees began,
And through the gamut of creation ran.

Or, now and then, the missive of some friend
     In gray Altorf or storied Niirnberg penned
Dropped in upon him like a guest to spend

The night beneath his roof-tree. Mystical
     The fair Von Merlau spake as waters fall
And voices sound in dreams, and yet withal

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