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First Line: Within the forest shades to live and die, / oh, fair fate sent!
Last Line: Forever sleep!
Subject(s): Nature


WITHIN the forest shades to live and die,
Oh, fair fate sent!
The flowers our bed, the soft green grass our grave
And monument.

Bright dragon-flies gleam through the solemn dusk
Like precious gems,
And ivy twines about the lofty elms
Its clasping stems.

The tree tops rustling in the evening breeze
Sweet songs sing low,
And from the lofty boughs the dew-drops wet
Leafage below.

How blest to lie there shut in sweet repose,
From sorrow deep,
And with closed lids, enwrapped in happy dreams,
Forever sleep!





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