Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, TO A LITTLE NIECE, by LEVI BISHOP

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TO A LITTLE NIECE, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: So full of mirth, so full of play
Last Line: Then, little dove, remember me!
Subject(s): Future Life; Life; Love; Retribution; Eternity; After Life

So full of mirth, so full of play;
With mind and heart so light and gay,
And eyes that witchery betray;
And sprightly accents rolling on,
Like birds their merry matin song,
That sweet simplicity prolong: --
In all your little griefs and joys,
In all your sports among your toys,
In giddy romps with girls and boys; --
When dearest friends behold -- admire,
And freely grant what you desire;
And touched as by a heavenly fire,
The highest, fondest hopes aspire; --
As life sweeps on its rapid stream,
And future prospects brightly gleam;
And love unfolds its morning dream,
That ripens to meridian beam,
And binds as by a law supreme; --
As years advance, and you shall see
The fading foliage on the tree --
The withered flowers upon the lea --
And, drawing near, by fixed decree,
The final bourne -- eternity;
Then, little dove, REMEMBER ME!

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