On the gray maple's crusted barkIt shows the gradual development of the young poet's ear that he should have dropped this somewhat unmelodious verse. As a rule he wisely forbore the retouching of his early poems. He also contributed to the ‘Gazette’ three articles in prose, quite in Irving's manner, including a few verses. All these attracted some
Its tender shoots the hoarfrost nips;
Whilst in the frozen fountain—hark!
His piercing beak the bittern dips.
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