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First Line: Like peal of a bugle
Last Line: Thy ardor can tame.
Subject(s): Cardinal Flowers


Like peal of a bugle
Upon the still night,
So flames her deep scarlet
In dim forest light.

A heart-throb of color
Lit up the dim nook,
A dash of deep scarlet
The dark shadows shook.

Thou darling of August,
Thou flame of her flame,
'Tis only bold Autumn
Thy ardor can tame.





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