Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, GREENSLEEVES, by KATHARINE TYNAN

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First Line: The little spirit of the place
Last Line: The night has frankincense and spice.
Alternate Author Name(s): Hinkson, Katharine Tynan
Subject(s): Children; Childhood

THE little spirit of the place
Glides, spirit-like, over the grass;
She is five years old, five years, alas!
Beauty runs in the hour-glass.

She has a kirtle, straight and sweet,
Of the spring's green as it is meet,
And delicate, bare, dew-dabbled feet;
Her hair of the squirrel red is it.

Her eyes are of the squirrel red,
Freckles, like golden drops, are shed
On the milk skin; her face is made
A little moon in her hair's shade.

Her orchard goes in flower and fruit;
At night the nightingale comes to it,
The thrush and the blackbird call their suit
Ere ever the nightingale is mute.

Adown the pale green avenues
Spring scatters her whites and blues.
The little feet amid the dews
Have a queen's carpet for their use.

The place is holy and the hour,
And only gentle things have power;
The honeysuckle falls in a shower,
The wind ruffles the wind-flower.

The little spirit, still and wise,
Steals through the evening mysteries,
Shadow and silence in her eyes.
The night has frankincense and spice.

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