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THE WATER-LILY, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Whence, o fragrant form of light
Last Line: Left her garment in the tide.
Alternate Author Name(s): Father Tabb
Subject(s): Flowers; Holidays; Lilies; Plants; Trees; Planting; Planters


WHENCE, O fragrant form of light,
Hast thou drifted through the night,
Swanlike, to a leafy nest,
On the restless waves, at rest?
Art thou from the snowy zone
Of a mountain-summit blown,
Or the blossom of a dream,
Fashioned in the foamy stream?
Nay, -- methinks the maiden moon,
When the daylight came too soon,
Fleeting from her bath to hide,
Left her garment in the tide.




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