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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
II. Nipped Buds Better Than Later Disappointments
By William Henry Whitworth
WHO wishes the wild wind to blow, nor grieves
  To see spring buds of promise falling down,
  As brief as they are fair, before the brown
  And faded wreaths the last year’s tempest leaves?
There had the small birds on long summer eves        5
  Sung, careless how sere Autumn, with his crown
  Of amber beads and saffron-colored gown,
  The widowed woods of all their bloom bereaves.
Yet are the happiest of the happy they
  (Did they but know their happiness) who go        10
  Before our hopes, those flowers of life, decay.
They rest as soft and silent as the snow
  By the sea-shore on some calm winter’s day:
  Alas! who would not wish the wind to blow!

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