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SONNETS: CITY CHILDREN, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Pale flowers are you, that scarce have known
Last Line: O little flowers that blossom but to fade!
Subject(s): Children; Cities; Childhood; Urban Life


PALE flowers are you, that scarce have known the sun!
Your little faces like sad blossoms seem,
Shut in some room, there helplessly to dream
Of distant glens wherethrough glad rivers run
And winds at evening whisper. Daylight done,
You miss the tranquil moon's unfettered beam,
The wide, unsheltered earth, the starlight gleam,
All the old beauty meant for every one.

The clamor of the city streets you hear,
Not the rich silence of the April glade;
The sun-swept spaces which the good God made
You do not know; white mornings keen and clear
Are not your portion through the golden year,
O little flowers that blossom but to fade!





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