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First Line: Fear not to trust her destiny with me
Last Line: Its sole dependence was upon my love.
Alternate Author Name(s): L. E. L.; Maclean, Letitia

FEAR not to trust her destiny with me:
I can remember, in my early youth,
Wandering amid our old ancestral woods,
I found an unfledged dove upon the ground.
I took the callow creature to my care,
And fain had given it to its nest again:
That could not be, and so I made its home
In my affection, and my constant care.
I made its cage of osier-boughs, and hung
A wreath of early leaves and woodland flowers:
I hung it in the sun; and, when the wind
Blew from the cold and bitter east, 'twas screen'd
With care that never knew forgetfulness.
I loved it, for I petted it, and knew
Its sole dependence was upon my love.

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