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SONNET: 1. TO AUGUST WILLIAM VON SCHLEGEL, by                     Poet's Biography
First Line: The worst of worms: the dagger thoughts of doubt
Last Line: Each flower can speak, each tree with music swells.
Subject(s): Schlegel, August Wilhelm Von (1767-1845)


THE worst of worms: the dagger thoughts of doubt --
The worst of poisons: to mistrust one's power --
These struggled my life's marrow to devour;
I was a shoot, whose props were rooted out.
Thou pitiedst the poor shoot in that sad hour,
And had'st it climb thy kindly words about;
To thee, great Master, owe I thanks devout,
Should the weak shoot e'er blossom into flower.
O still watch o'er it, as it grows apace,
That as a tree the garden it may grace
Of that fair fay, whose favourite child thou wert.
My nurse used of that garden to assert
That a strange ringing, wondrous sweet, there dwells,
Each flower can speak, each tree with music swells.





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