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First Line: Romance, who loves to nod and sing
Last Line: Unless it trembled with the strings.
Subject(s): Nature

Romance, who loves to nod and sing,
With drowsy head and folded wing,
Among the green leaves as they shake
Far down within some shadowy lake,
To me a painted paroquet
Hath been -- a most familiar bird --
Taught me my alphabet to say --
To lisp my very earliest word
While in the wild wood I did lie,
A child -- with a most knowing eye.

Of late, eternal Condor years
So shake the very Heaven on high
With tumult as they thunder by,
I have no time for idle cares
Through gazing on the unquiet sky.
And when an hour with calmer wings
Its down upon my spirit flings --
That little time with lyre and rhyme
To while away -- forbidden things!
My heart would feel to be a crime
Unless it trembled with the strings.

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