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First Line: Pine-tree swaying, swaying softly
Last Line: Live in, lovelier for you all!
Alternate Author Name(s): O'sullivan, Seumas


PINE-TREE swaying, swaying softly,
Envy not my Lady so,
Though she moves with lovelier motion
Than your swaying boughs can show.

Sigh not, little breeze, O, sigh not
In the tree-tops everywhere;
Though you have no sound more joyous
Than her laughter on the air!

Pout not so your lips, red rosebud,
Red lips green-engarlanded;
Though her mouth has lovelier moulding
Round her soft lips' lovelier red.

Envy not, O, wild red rosebud,
Sighing breeze, and pine-tree tall,
One whose beauty makes the world you
Live in, lovelier for you all!





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