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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
France: Vols. IX–X.  1876–79.
Near Cannes
Cora Kennedy Aitken
HERE little birds fly low and fold
  Their wings to stillness in the shade
Of lines of willow-trees, that hold
  Sweet secrets in them unbetrayed;
Though sometimes in a dream of sound,        5
  Half music and half sun, we hear
Ripples of water touch the ground,
  And smell the lilies bending near.
Upon the fields the wanton sun
  Lies with his yellow locks between        10
The poppy blooms that one by one
  Steal blushing to him through the green.
And tenderest forget-me-nots
  That e’er a lover honored yet
With glance made sweet by sweetest thoughts        15
  Are softly in the grasses set.
And yonder by the gleaming road
  Whose white feet pass the meadows by,
Mute in an awe-struck dream of God,
  The poplars look up to the sky.        20

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