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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
 
III. Flowers
By Mrs. Felicia Dorothea Hemans (1793–1835)
 
WELCOME, O pure and lovely forms, again
Unto the shadowy stillness of my room!
For not alone ye bring a joyous train
Of summer-thoughts attendant on your bloom,—
Visions of freshness, of rich bowery gloom,        5
Of the low murmurs filling mossy dells,
Of stars that look down on your folded bells
Through dewy leaves, of many a wild perfume,
Greeting the wanderer of the hill and grove
Like sudden music; more than this ye bring—        10
Far more; ye whisper of the all-fostering love
Which thus hath clothed you, and whose dove-like wing
Broods o’er the sufferer drawing fevered breath,
Whether the couch be that of life or death.
 
 
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