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Higginson and Bigelow, comps.  American Sonnets.  1891.
Trailing Arbutus
By Albert Laighton (1829–1887)
DEAR, lovely flower, whose fragrant lips unclose
To breathe a benediction to the Spring,
Soon as the bluebird and the robin sing;
Sweetest and best that in the woodland grows;
Flushed like the morn, or white as drifted snows;        5
I love thee as a herald of the hours
That bring the beauteous train of forest flowers,
And all fair things God’s loving hand bestows.
But most for her sweet sake who held thee dear;
Who, in glad Springs, roamed with me hand in hand        10
These mossy paths where now alone I stray;
And yet whose gentle presence seems so near,
I half forget her angel feet to-day
Walk the green pastures of the better land.

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