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First Line: Edith! I brought thee late a humble gift
Last Line: Robert southey.
Subject(s): Gifts & Giving; Love - Marital; Maturity; Poetry & Poets; Wedded Love; Marriage - Love

EDITH! I brought thee late a humble gift,
The songs of earlier youth; it was a wreath
With many an unripe blossom garlanded
And many a weed, yet mingled with some flowers
That will not wither. Now, my love, I bring
A worthier offering; thou wilt value it,
For well thou knowest it is a work that sooth'd
Times of hard care and strange inquietude,
With most sweet solace: and though to mine ear
There is no music in the hollowness
Of common praise, yet I am well content
To think that I have past in such employ
The green and vigorous season of my mind,
And hope that there are those in whom the song
Has woke some not unprofitable thoughts.

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