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SONNETS OF MANHOOD: 18. A PORTRAIT, by            
First Line: Full of child-thoughts, and glad at simple things
Last Line: Light that transfigures many a mortal hour.
Subject(s): Sonnet (As Literary Form)


Full of child-thoughts, and glad at simple things,—
Not versed in deep things;—well content to be
In green woods or green meadows, or to see
The painted butterfly spread sportive wings:
Happy in all the joy the blue sky brings,
And full of an unfathomed purity:
Not clever, great, or learned,—full of glee
Silver and soft, that round the hearer clings:—

Such is the child: a very simple flower,—
Not tall nor grand nor passion-flushed nor red;
Full ne'ertheless of her own quiet power,
And blossoming queenlike on her own calm bower,
And flinging from her fair soft golden head
Light that transfigures many a mortal hour.





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