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THE SPARROW'S NEST

          BEHOLD, within the leafy shade,
          Those bright blue eggs together laid!
          On me the chance-discovered sight
          Gleamed like a vision of delight.
          I started--seeming to espy
          The home and sheltered bed,
          The Sparrow's dwelling, which, hard by
          My Father's house, in wet and dry
          My sister Emmeline and I
              Together visited.                                       10

          She looked at it and seemed to fear it;
          Dreading, tho' wishing, to be near it:
          Such heart was in her, being then
          A little Prattler among men.
          The Blessing of my later years
          Was with me when a boy:
          She gave me eyes, she gave me ears;
          And humble cares, and delicate fears;
          A heart, the fountain of sweet tears;
              And love, and thought, and joy.                         20
                                                              1801.


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