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TO A LITTLE CHILD WHO ASKED FOR A LAUREL CROWN, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: The laurels with their heritage of light
Last Line: And pansy, with the day-spring at her heart.


The laurels with their heritage of light,
So thickly planted in our garden-ground,
Like thee, in winter time make all things bright,
And strike each other with a cheery sound.
Well, then! Of these a garland shall be made
Just for the nonce, for they are fresh and green;
But soon a gayer coronal I'll braid,
When Summer comes to match thy merry mien:
Woodbine and jessamine shall then enclose
Thy fair young head, well woven with choicest art;
And many a sprig of verdure interpose,
And pinks and rich carnations bear their part,
White lilies, and the hollow balmy rose,
And pansy, with the day-spring at her heart.





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