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- I LOOKED in a dew-drop's heart to-day
- As it clung on a leaf of clover,
- Holding a sparkle of starry light,
- Like a liquid drop of opal bright
- With diamond dusted over.
- In that least globe of quivering dew
- The sunny scene around,
- Diminished to a grass-blade's width--
- Scarcely a fairy's finger-breadth
- All imaged there I found:
- The spreading oak, the fir's soft fringe,
- The grain-field's brightening green,
- The linnet that flew fluttering by,
- And, over all, the dear blue sky,
- The bending boughs between:
- And all the night, as from its nest
- It gazes up afar,
- Its bosom holds the heavens deep,
- Whose constellations o'er it sweep,
- And mirrors every star.
- Child, is the drop of dew--your soul--
- With mirrored heaven as bright?
- (Forgive me that I ask of you,
- Whose heart I know is pure and true
- And stainless as the light):
- The sunshine, and the starlight too,--
- Fair hope, and fair as fair,
- Courage, and patience, silent power,
- And wisdom for each troubled hour,--
- Tell me, are they all there?
- Your quiet grace and kindly words
- Have influence sweet and strong;
- Your hand and voice can calm the brain
- And cheer the heavy hearts of men
- With music and with song:
- Let the soul answer--can it give
- That music clear and calm--
- The rhythmic years, the holier aim,
- The scorn of pleasure, fortune, fame--
- To make our life a psalm?
- All round the house, your birthday morn
- The budded orchards stand;
- And we can watch from every room
- The trees all blushing into bloom--
- Blossoms on every hand:
- So may your Life be, many a year,
- A fair and goodly tree;
- Not blossoming only, but sublime
- With fruit, so hastening the time
- When Earth shall Eden be.
- Edward Rowland Sill
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