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Higginson and Bigelow, comps.  American Sonnets.  1891.
 
Nature
By Jones Very (1813–1880)
 
THE BUBBLING brook doth leap when I come by,
Because my feet find measure with its call,
The birds know when the friend they love is nigh,
For I am known to them both great and small;
The flowers that on the lovely hill-side grow        5
Expect me there when Spring their bloom has given;
And many a tree and bush my wanderings know,
And e’en the clouds and silent stars of heaven;
For he who with his Maker walks aright,
Shall be their lord, as Adam was before;        10
His ear shall catch each sound with new delight,
Each object wear the dress which then it wore;
And he, as when erect in soul he stood,
Hear from his Father’s lips that all is good.
 
 
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