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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1861, by
OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES,
in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.
University Press, Cambridge:
The piping of our slender, peaceful reeds
Turn o'er these idle leaves. Such toys as these Were not unsought for, as, in languid dreams, We lay beside our lotus-feeding streams, And nursed our fancies in forgetful ease. It matters little if they pall or please, Dropping untimely, while the sudden gleams Glare from the mustering clouds whose blackness seems Too swollen to hold its lightning from the trees. Yet, in some lull of passion, when at last These calm revolving moons that come and go Turning our months to years, they creep so slow – Have brought us rest, the not unwelcome past May flutter to thee through these leaflets, cast On the wild winds that all around us blow.
MAY 1st, 1861.