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First Line: Again I walk 'mid orchard bloom
Last Line: Through mays that manhood ne'er forgets.
Subject(s): Memory; Orchards

Again I walk 'mid orchard bloom
And linger long with willing feet;
I walk with sighs, but not in gloom,
For in my heart is ample room
For pensive thoughts and musings sweet.

Ah, pensive thoughts, to these I'm prone,
When, strolling 'neath the pink white boughs,
I breathe the fragrance, hear the drone
Of eager bees that come from home,
In forest near, or gardened house.

My thoughts go homeward with the bees;
I dream of youth and happier days --
Of orchards where amid the trees
I loitered free from Time's decrees,
And loved the birds and learned their ways.

Oh, orchard thoughts and orchard sighs,
Ye, too, are born of life's regrets!
The apple bloom I see with eyes
That have grown sad in growing wise,
Through Mays that manhood ne'er forgets.

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