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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vol. III: Literature of the Revolutionary Period, 1765–1787
 
The Wild Honeysuckle
By Philip Freneau (1752–1832)
 
[From The Poems of Philip Freneau. 1786.—Poems Written During the Revolutionary War, etc. 3d Ed. 1809.]

FAIR flower, that dost so comely grow,
  Hid in this silent, dull retreat,
Untouched thy honied blossoms blow,
  Unseen thy little branches greet:
      No roving foot shall crush thee here,        5
      No busy hand provoke a tear.
 
By Nature’s self in white arrayed,
  She bade thee shun the vulgar eye,
And planted here the guardian shade,
  And sent soft waters murmuring by;        10
      Thus quietly thy summer goes,
      Thy days declining to repose.
 
Smit with those charms, that must decay,
  I grieve to see your future doom;
They died—nor were those flowers more gay,        15
  The flowers that did in Eden bloom;
      Unpitying frosts, and Autumn’s power,
      Shall leave no vestige of this flower.
 
From morning suns and evening dews
  At first thy little being came;        20
If nothing once, you nothing lose,
  For when you die you are the same;
      The space between is but an hour,
      The frail duration of a flower.
 
 
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