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First Line: You are the first wild violet of the year
Last Line: We would not barter for things more divine!
Subject(s): Flowers; Violets; Wellesley College


YOU are the first wild violet of the year;
Young grass you are, and apple-bloom, and spray
Of honeysuckle; you are dawn of day,
And the first snow-fall! It is you I hear
When the March robin calls me loud and clear,
Or lonely rill goes singing on its way
Like some small flute of heav'n; or when the gray
Sad wood-dove calls and early stars appear.
And you it is within the wayside shrine
Carved tenderly; and in the folded wings
On some neglected tomb; and in the vine
And leaf and saint of old imaginings
On some forgotten missal -- little things
We would not barter for things more divine!





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