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[94] I watched him while in sportive mood
     I read ‘The Twa Dogs'’ story,
And half believed he understood
     The poet's allegory.

Sweet day, sweet songs! The golden hours
     Grew brighter for that singing,
From brook and bird and meadow flowers
     A dearer welcome bringing.

New light on home-seen Nature beamed,
     New glory over Woman;
And daily life and duty seemed
     No longer poor and common.

I woke to find the simple truth
     Of fact and feeling better
Than all the dreams that held my youth
     A still repining debtor:

That Nature gives her handmaid, Art,
     The themes of sweet discoursing;
The tender idyls of the heart
     In every tongue rehearsing.

Why dream of lands of gold and pearl,
     Of loving knight and lady,
When farmer boy and barefoot girl
     Were wandering there already?

I saw through all familiar things
     The romance underlying;
The joys and griefs that plume the wings
     Of Fancy skyward flying.

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