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          THREE years she grew in sun and shower,
          Then Nature said, "A lovelier flower
          On earth was never sown;
          This Child I to myself will take;
          She shall be mine, and I will make
          A Lady of my own.

          "Myself will to my darling be
          Both law and impulse: and with me
          The Girl, in rock and plain,
          In earth and heaven, in glade and bower,                    10
          Shall feel an overseeing power
          To kindle or restrain.

          "She shall be sportive as the fawn
          That wild with glee across the lawn,
          Or up the mountain springs;
          And her's shall be the breathing balm,
          And her's the silence and the calm
          Of mute insensate things.

          "The floating clouds their state shall lend
          To her; for her the willow bend;                            20
          Nor shall she fail to see
          Even in the motions of the Storm
          Grace that shall mould the Maiden's form
          By silent sympathy.

          "The stars of midnight shall be dear
          To her; and she shall lean her ear
          In many a secret place
          Where rivulets dance their wayward round,
          And beauty born of murmuring sound
          Shall pass into her face.                                   30

          "And vital feelings of delight
          Shall rear her form to stately height,
          Her virgin bosom swell;
          Such thoughts to Lucy I will give
          While she and I together live
          Here in this happy dell."

          Thus Nature spake--The work was done--
          How soon my Lucy's race was run!
          She died, and left to me
          This heath, this calm, and quiet scene;                     40
          The memory of what has been,
          And never more will be.



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