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"WHILE ANNA'S PEERS AND EARLY PLAYMATES TREAD"

          WHILE Anna's peers and early playmates tread,
          In freedom, mountain-turf and river's marge;
          Or float with music in the festal barge;
          Rein the proud steed, or through the dance are led;
          Her doom it is to press a weary bed--
          Till oft her guardian Angel, to some charge
          More urgent called, will stretch his wings at large,
          And friends too rarely prop the languid head.
          Yet, helped by Genius--untired comforter,
          The presence even of a stuffed Owl for her                  10
          Can cheat the time; sending her fancy out
          To ivied castles and to moonlight skies,
          Though he can neither stir a plume, nor shout;
          Nor veil, with restless film, his staring eyes.
                                                              1827.


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