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"WHO FANCIED WHAT A PRETTY SIGHT"

          WHO fancied what a pretty sight
          This Rock would be if edged around
          With living snow-drops? circlet bright!
          How glorious to this orchard-ground!
          Who loved the little Rock, and set
          Upon its head this coronet?

          Was it the humour of a child?
          Or rather of some gentle maid,
          Whose brows, the day that she was styled
          The shepherd-queen, were thus arrayed?                      10
          Of man mature, or matron sage?
          Or old man toying with his age!

          I asked--'twas whispered; The device
          To each and all might well belong:
          It is the Spirit of Paradise
          That prompts such work, a Spirit strong,
          That gives to all the self-same bent
          Where life is wise and innocent.
                                                              1803.


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