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First Line: Love so fair in vernal beauty
Last Line: Flower that first bloomed upon our young life's tree.
Subject(s): Love

LOVE so fair in vernal beauty,
Dim grow my eyes when on thee I brood;
Like a dove with plumage snowy,
Which is driven through the wood.
Thou art like matin bells which native breezes waft,
Pure as first refreshing draught in Eden quaffed.

Fragrance of that blue flower wondrous,
Which our God on His own bosom wears,
Altar saint, to which the tim'rous
Sinner eyes to lift ne'er dares,
Stony hearts thou bring'st from out their cold repose;
Smiled away thou canst not be, as men suppose.

Ev'ry heart holds thee in memory,
Star-besprinkled, tender flush of dawn,
Though rich life from out its treas'ry
Thousand radiant suns hath drawn.
Ever unto us our fairest dream thou 'lt be,
Flower that first bloomed upon our young life's tree.

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