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First Line: Should'st thou, amid the thorny spray
Last Line: That suppliant herb, sweet nymph—'tis I.
Alternate Author Name(s): Vittorelli, Iacop
Subject(s): Love; Nature

SHOULD'ST thou, amid the thorny spray,
Beneath thy bright eye's quickening ray,
Behold the opening buds unclose
On jessamine or fragrant rose:

Or should a gentle Zephyr meet thee,
In gladness hastening on to greet thee,
Rejoice to fan that bosom fair,
To wanton through that flowing hair:

Or where thy fairy footsteps tread
Should some green herb fresh verdure spread,
And rear its head above the plain,
One footprint as a boon to gain;

Ah! know by virtue of Love's power
'Tis I that am that opening flower,
'Tis I that breathe that Zephyr's sigh,
That suppliant herb, sweet nymph—'tis I.

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