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TO THE DAISY.
In youth from rock to rock I went,
Most pleas'd when most uneasy;
Of thee, sweet Daisy !
When soothed a while by milder airs, Thee Winter in the garland wears That thinly shades his few grey hairs;
Spring cannot shun thee; Whole summer fields are thine by right; And Autumn, melancholy Wight! Doth in thy crimson head delight
When rains are on thee.
In shoals and bands, a morrice train, Thou greet'st the Traveller in the lane; If welcome once thou count'st it gain;
Thou art not daunted, Nor car'st if thou be set at naught ; And oft alone in nooks remote We meet thee, like a pleasant thought,
When such are wanted.
Be Violets in their secret mews
Her head impearling;
The Poet's darling.
If to a rock from rains he fly,
Near the green holly,
A hundred times, by rock or bower,
Some apprehension ;
that had taken flight ; Some chime of fancy wrong or right;
Or stray invention.
If stately passions in me burn,
I drink out of an humbler urn
A lowlier pleasure;
Of hearts at leisure.
When, smitten by the morning ray,
With kindred motion :
Of true devotion.
And all day long I number yet,
To thee am owing;
Nor whither going.