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A FRENCH LILY, by                     Poet's Biography
First Line: Sweet iphigenia-soul of every day
Last Line: Thee none the less I treasure next my heart!
Alternate Author Name(s): Duclaux, Madame Emile; Darmesteter, Mary; Robinson, A. Mary F.
Subject(s): Flowers; Lilies

SWEET Iphigenia-soul of every day,
Fair vine so trellised to the parent-stay
Thou hast no single force, no separate will,
But leaning grow'st, and flowering, leanest still;
In that walled garden where thou dwell'st alone
Thou art the whitest blossom ever known!

Less full and ample than our English rose
Whose generous freshness floods the garden-close,
And less confiding to the gatherer's hand
Than their forget-me-not o' the Fatherland,
Yet, O French Lily, pure and grown apart,
Thee none the less I treasure next my heart!

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