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First Line: In vernal grove a poplar slim
Last Line: Perfection's perfected in thee!
Subject(s): Creative Ability; Love; Metaphor; Nature; Trees; Inspiration; Creativity; Similes

IN vernal grove a poplar slim
Queening it over every tree,
Lithest grace in girth and limb,
Slender little sovereign she;—
A feeble trope, a whilom whim,—
No poplar is a peer for thee!

Through azure air a soft young cloud,
Lit with the sun, and floating free:
About her all the heavens are bowed
To guard and keep caressingly;—
But nay, my lady Gracious-Proud,
How shall a cloud compare with thee?

On autumn nights the harvest moon
Touching with magic land and sea,
And in the hearts of men the tune
Of far, forgotten minstrelsy;—
Though shod with wandering music-shoon,
The mellow moon's no match for thee!

Sweetheart, no longer I'll essay
To seek thy like in cloud or tree
That come, and bless, and pass away,
Striving forever how to be;
For all my guardian-angels say
Perfection's perfected in thee!

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