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AN OLD-WORLD CONVENT GARDEN, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Walled quiet from the din
Last Line: To come -- and go!
Subject(s): Flowers; Gardens & Gardening

WALLED quiet from the din,
So near, of worldly strife;
A cloistered peace within,
A life apart from life.
Shrines bowered in roses sweet,
And in a hidden dell
Worn by accustomed feet,
A holy well.

Along the ancient wall
Fruit basking in the sun;
Flowers radiant and tall --
A coquette every one.
Bees busy on the stalks,
Birds mating in the weeds --
Here a pale Sister walks,
Telling her beads.

High walls to shut aside
The world's dear bliss and care!
O Birds, your nestlings hide
In sanctuary there.
High walls to her, to me --
But ah! to wings, how low;
Blest little Birds, quite free
To come -- and go!

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