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NARROW WALLS, by            
First Line: If I must pass my days in narrow walls
Last Line: With naked patterings of small, soft feet.


If I must pass my days in narrow walls,
Shut from the one clear stream of flowing light
That lures the great in heart to climb the height
To feast in high ambition's banquet halls,
I pray -- when any valiant redbird calls
From his low-flowering perch of prickly quince
A song that should a sadder heart convince,
A bright "What cheer!" that joyously enthralls --
My spirit may march forth triumphantly
With glad footsteps to tread the garden path
Where climbing rose and honeysuckle meet,
Where suns set red behind a lone pine tree,
And playing children love to run and laugh,
With naked patterings of small, soft feet.





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