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First Line: Here, from earth's daedal heights and dingles lowly
Last Line: Than cheops' pile, or artemisia's mound.
Alternate Author Name(s): Smith, Horatio
Subject(s): Flowers; Greenhouses


HERE, from earth's daedal heights and dingles lowly,
The representatives of Nature meet;
Not like a Congress, or Alliance Holy
Of Kings, to rivet chains, but with their sweet
Blossomy mouths to preach the love complete,
That with pearled misletoe, and beaded holly,
Clothed them in green unchangeable, to greet
Winter with smiles, and banish melancholy.
I envy not the Emathian madman's fame,
Who won the world, and built immortal shame
On tears and blood; but if some flower, new found,
In its embalming cup might shroud my name,
Mine were a tomb more worthily renowned
Than Cheops' pile, or Artemisia's mound.





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