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Higginson and Bigelow, comps.  American Sonnets.  1891.
 
Daffodils
By Lizette Woodworth Reese (1856–1935)
 
FATHERED by March, the daffodils are here.
  First, all the air grew keen with yesterday,
  And once a thrush from out some hollow gray
  On a field’s edge, where whitening stalks made cheer,
Fluted the last unto the budding year;        5
  Now, that the wind lets loose from orchard spray
  Plum bloom and peach bloom down the dripping way,
  Their punctual gold through the wet blades they rear.
Oh, fleet and sweet! A light to all that pass
  Below, in the cramped yard, close to the street,        10
  Long-stemmed one flames behind the palings bare,
The whole of April in a tuft of grass.
  Scarce here, soon will it be—oh, sweet and fleet!—
  Gone like a snatch of song upon the stair.
 
 
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