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THE DEAD LEAF, by                    
First Line: Waif in the wind, o where
Last Line: "where rose and laurel go."
Subject(s): Leaves; Wind


WAIF in the wind, O where
So swiftly dost thou speed?
"I nothing know nor heed
Since thunder toppled sheer
The oak-tree whence I hung.
South wind or northern blast,
Soft-voiced or shrill of tongue,
Do drive me onward fast
Who feel nor grief nor fear:
By wood or valley low,
By field or mountain height,
I pass from mortal sight
Where rose and laurel go."





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