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Higginson and Bigelow, comps.  American Sonnets.  1891.
Hepaticas on Palm-Sunday
By Eliza Allen Starr (1824–1901)
BRAVE little wilding, herald of the Spring!
  First of the beauteous tribes that soon will troop
  Singly, in pairs, or in a joyous group,
O’er sunny slope or sheltered bank; or cling,
By their slight fibres, where the blue-bird’s wing        5
  Alone can visit them with graceful swoop!
  The wise man pauses on his walk, to stoop
Above your purple blossoms; for you bring
  To his worn cheek a pleased and gentle smile;
  Still saying softly to himself, the while:        10
How things most tender are the first to rise
From wintry sleep; thus taking by surprise
  The sturdy oaks! Hearts, too, shy without guile,
Wing, often, boldest flight towards pathless skies!

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