Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, SONNET: 4, 10, by FREDERICK GODDARD TUCKERMAN



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First Line: Hast thou seen reversed the prophet's miracle
Last Line: For earliest flowers and gathering to the east.


Hast thou seen reversed the prophet's miracle--
The worm that, touched, a twig-like semblance takes?
Or hast thou mused what giveth the craft that makes
The twirling spider at once invisible,
And the spermal odor to the barberry flower,
Or heard the singing sand by the cold coast foam,
Or late--in inland autumn groves afar--
Hast thou ever plucked the little chick-wintergreen star
And tasted the sour of its leaf? Then come
With me betimes, and I will show thee more
Than these, of nature's secrecies the least:
In the first morning, overcast and chill,
And in the day's young sunshine, seeking still
For earliest flowers and gathering to the east.





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