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[47] For ages have the unbound waters
     Smiled on them from their pebbly hem,
And the clear carol of the robin
     And song of bluebird welcomed them.

But never yet from smiling river,
     Or song of early bird, have they
Been greeted with a gladder welcome
     Than whispers from my heart to-day.

They break the spell of cold and darkness,
     The weary watch of sleepless pain;
And from my heart, as from the river,
     The ice of winter melts again.

Thanks, Mary! for this wild-wood token
     Of Freya's footsteps drawing near;
Almost, as in the rune of Asgard,
     The growing of the grass I hear.

It is as if the pine-trees called me
     From ceiled room and silent books,
To see the dance of woodland shadows,
     And hear the song of April brooks!

As in the old Teutonic ballad
     Of Odenwald live bird and tree,
Together live in bloom and music,
     I blend in song thy flowers and thee.

Earth's rocky tablets bear forever
     The dint of rain and small bird's track:
Who knows but that my idle verses
     May leave some trace by Merrimac!

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