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[73] And as within the hazel's bough
     A gift of mystic virtue dwells,
That points to golden ores below,
     And in dry desert places tells
Where flow unseen the cool, sweet wells,—

So, in the wise Diviner's hand,
     Be mine the hazel's grateful part
To feel, beneath a thirsty land,
     The living waters thrill and start,
The beating of the rivulet's heart!

Sufficeth me the gift to light
     With latest bloom the dark, cold days;
To call some hidden spring to sight
     That, in these dry and dusty ways,
Shall sing its pleasant song of praise.

O Love! the hazel-wand may fail,
     But thou canst lend the surer spell,
That, passing over Baca's vale,
     Repeats the old-time miracle,
And makes the desert-land a well.


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