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What more felicity can fall to creature
Fate of the Butterfly.-SPENSER.
TO LEIGH HUNT, ESQ.
GLORY and Loveliness have pass'd away;
No wreathed incense do we see upborne
Into the east to meet the smiling day:
No crowd of nymphs soft-voiced and young and gay,
The shrine of Flora in her early May.
That in a time when under pleasant trees
A leafy luxury, seeing I could please
With these poor offerings, a man like thee.
Places of nestling green for poets made.
Story of Rimini.
I STOOD tip-toe upon a little hill,
The air was cooling, and so very still,
That the sweet buds which with a modest pride
Caught from the early sobbing of the morn.
The clouds were pure and white as flocks new-shorn,
Far round the horizon's crystal air to skim,
And trace the dwindled edgings of its brim ;
To picture out the quaint and curious bending
Or by the bowery clefts, and leafy shelves,
Guess where the jaunty streams refresh themselves.
I gazed awhile, and felt as light, and free
As though the fanning wings of Mercury
A bush of May-flowers with the bees about them;
And let long grass grow round the roots, to keep them
A filbert-hedge with wild-briar overtwined,
The spreading blue bells; it may haply mourn
By infant hands, left on the path to die.
Open afresh your round of starry folds,
Ye ardent marigolds !
Dry up the moisture from your golden lids,
For great Apollo bids
That in these days your praises should be sung
Here are sweet peas, on tip-toe for a flight :
Temper'd with coolness. How they ever wrestle
But turn your eye, and they are there again.
Sometimes goldfinches one by one will drop
Or perhaps, to show their black, and golden wings,
Were I in such a place, I sure should pray
That nought less sweet, might call my thoughts away, Than the soft rustle of a maiden's gown
Fanning away the dandelion's down;
Than the light music of her nimble toes
How she would start, and blush, thus to be caught
O let me lead her gently o'er the brook,
But that 'tis ever startled by the leap
Of buds into ripe flowers; or by the flitting
Or by the moon lifting her silver rim