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First Line: Like pendant flakes of vegetating snow
Last Line: To childhood's pleasures, and to infant friends.
Alternate Author Name(s): Smith, Charlotte Turner
Subject(s): Snowdrops (plants)

Like pendant flakes of vegetating snow,
The early herald of the infant year,
Ere yet the adventurous Crocus dares to blow
Beneath the orchard boughs, thy buds appear.

While still the cold north-east ungenial lowers,
And scarce the hazel in the leafless copse
Or sallows shew their downy powder'd flowers,
The grass is spangled with thy silver drops.

Yet, when those pallid blossoms shall give place
To countless tribes of richer hue and scent,
Summer's gay blooms, and Autumn's yellow race,
I shall thy pale inodorous bells lament.

So journeying onward in life's varying track,
Even while warm youth its bright illusion lends,
Fond Memory often with regret looks back
To childhood's pleasures, and to infant friends.

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