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THE SURPRISE, by                    
First Line: Life is full of subtle things
Last Line: Nurse celestial fire.
Subject(s): Surprise

Life is full of subtle things,
Singular surprises:
Splendid memories hide their wings
Under quaint disguises.

That old lady over there
With the crooked bonnet,
Once her gay and piquant air
May have bred a sonnet.

That forlorn, unshaven wretch,
All in rags and tatters,
May have let his fancy stretch
To diviner matters.

I myself, too pale and old
Longer to aspire,
Under my demeanor cold
Nurse celestial fire.

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