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Poems Subjective and Reminiscent


A beautiful and happy girl,
     With step as light as summer air,
Eyes glad with smiles, and brow of pearl,
     Shadowed by many a careless curl
Of unconfined and flowing hair;
     A seeming child in everything,
Save thoughtful brow and ripening charms,
     As Nature wears the smile of Spring
When sinking into Summer's arms.

A mind rejoicing in the light
     Which melted through its graceful bower,
Leaf after leaf, dew-moist and bright,
     And stainless in its holy white,
Unfolding like a morning flower:
     A heart, which, like a fine-toned lute,
With every breath of feeling woke,
     And, even when the tongue was mute,
From eye and lip in music spoke.

How thrills once more the lengthening chain
     Of memory, at the thought of thee!

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