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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1858,

BY DERBY & JACKSON,

In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the

Southern District of New-York.

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WITH A FEW WILD FLOWERS FROM THE WOODS OF ILLINOIS.

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I send you flowers—wild flowers only

Oh, touch them, take them with a reverent hand ! I gathered them for you, in wood paths lonely,

A shrinking band.

I send you wild flowers, faded tokens ;

You see the glory of their morn is gone ; Each fragile censer, filled with incense, broken,

Which flushed their dawn.

I send you violets, all wan and shrunken,

The purple wine from every chalice spilled ;
Their dewy eyes, which drank the sunbeams, sunken,

Their soft life stilled.

Poor little flowers ! ye all bloomed and faded

In chilly corners, where no zephyrs hide ; Your narrow arc of beauty shadows shaded,

Until you died.

No one to love you in the darksome forest;

No lauding lip to e'er your beauty vaunt;
Your life, with none to draw the sweetness from it,

Was one long want.

Thou, who dost gather from enchanted bowers

The rarest blossoms which entrance the eyes, Has thy rich heart a home for these pale flowers,

In pilgrim guise ?

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