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First Line: Light falls the rain-drop on the
Last Line: Far lightlier falls the touch of loving hands.
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Hands; Light; Love; Summer


LIGHT falls the rain-drop on the fallen leaf,
And light o'er harvest-plain and garnered sheaf --
But lightlier falls the touch of loving hands.

Light falls the dusk of mild midsummer night,
And light the first star's faltering lance of light
On glimmering lawns, -- but lightlier loving hands.

And light the feathery flake of early snows,
Or wisp of thistle-down that no wind blows,
And light the dew, -- but lightlier loving hands.

Light-falling dusk, or dew, or summer rain,
Or down of snow or thistle -- all are vain, --
Far lightlier falls the touch of loving hands.





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