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Samuel Kettell, ed.  Specimens of American Poetry.  1829.
 
The Wild Honeysuckle
By Philip Freneau (1752–1832)
 
FAIR flower, that dost so comely grow,
Hid in this silent, dull retreat,
Untouch’d thy honey’d blossoms blow,
Unseen thy little branches greet:
  No roving foot shall find thee here,        5
  No busy hand provoke a tear.
 
By Nature’s self in white array’d,
She bade thee shun the vulgar eye,
And planted here the guardian shade,
And sent soft waters murmuring by;        10
  Thus quietly thy summer goes,
  Thy days declining to repose.
 
Smit with those charms, that must decay,
I grieve to see your future doom;
They died—nor were those flowers less gay,        15
The flowers that did in Eden bloom;
  Unpitying frosts, and autumn’s power
  Shall leave no vestige of this flower.
 
From morning suns and evening dews
At first thy little being came:        20
If nothing once, you nothing lose,
For when you die you are the same;
  The space between is but an hour,
  The frail duration of a flower.
 
 
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