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First Line: Playful and wild as the fire-flies' light
Last Line: As tehose the pining wood-dove sings.
Alternate Author Name(s): L. E. L.; Maclean, Letitia


PLAYFUL and wild as the fire-flies' light,
This moment hidden, the next moment bright,
Like the foam on the dark green sea,
Is the spell that is laid on my lover by me.
Were your sigh as sweet as the sumbal's sigh,
When the wind of the evening is nigh;
Were your smile like that glorious light,
Seen when the stars gem the deep midnight;
Were that sigh and that smile for ever the same --
They were shadows, not fuel, to love's dulled flame.

Love once formed an amulet,
With pearls, and a rainbow, and rose-leaves set.
The pearls were pure as pearls could be,
And white as maiden purity;
The rose had the beauty and breath of soul,
And the rainbow-changes crowned the whole.
Frown on your lover one little while,
Dearer will be the light of your smile;
Let your blush, laugh, and sigh ever mingle together,
Like the bloom, sun, and clouds of the sweet spring weather
Love never must sleep in security,
Or most calm and cold will his waking be.

AND as that light strain died away,
Again I swept the breathing strings:
But now the notes I waked were sad
As tehose the pining wood-dove sings.





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