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THE ELFIN VALLEY, by            
First Line: By this low rock pool, dark and sweet
Last Line: Has laid a spell of gold.
Subject(s): Lakes; Nature; Summer; Pools; Ponds


BY THIS low rock pool, dark and sweet,
Where panting Summer cools her feet.
No creature stirs, except the leaves
That sometimes glide along the air
Like children down a shallow stair.
And nothing strives or grieves.

The long ferns drip from every frond.
Green, round, and polished lies the pond.
A mirror for the stooping moon.
Above, the fall is straight and white.
A comet in a sultry night,
Among the leaves of June.

All spell-bound in the drowsy gloom,
Grey-leaved, white-flowered, the mulleins bloom;
And if a swallow suddenly
Should cut the pool with one sharp wing,
Or if a thrush come here to sing,
It seems a prodigy.

A lone green valley, good for sheep,
Where still the ancient fairies keep
Their right of way and copyhold
All night with mullein torches. Far
Within the stream, a dreaming star
Has laid a spell of gold.





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