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TO A HUMMING BIRD, by            
First Line: Fairy child of a flower
Last Line: The soul of the flower.
Subject(s): Hummingbirds

FAIRY child of a flower,
Fairy spirit set free,
Embodied ecstasy
Escaped from its bower;

Summer's daintiest thing,
Bearing her exquisite green,
Echoed in thy soft sheen,
About on the wing;

Grace of a lilting tune—
Grace of more than a bird,
Wings' sound—all but unheard,
Like a wind's croon;

Takest thou thus the flight
This bud and that to try—
Only to satisfy
Thy grosser appetite?

More than its beauty's dower
Surely thy form bespeaks.
It is thy soul which seeks
The soul of the flower.

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