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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.
WITH A FEW WILD FLOWERS FROM THE WOODS OF ILLINOIS.
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 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;
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 ?