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In Memoriam A.H.H.

         
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      Unwatch’d, the garden bough shall sway,
          The tender blossom flutter down,
          Unloved, that beech will gather brown,
      This maple burn itself away;

      Unloved, the sun-flower, shining fair,
          Ray round with flames her disk of seed,
          And many a rose-carnation feed
      With summer spice the humming air;

      Unloved, by many a sandy bar,
          The brook shall babble down the plain,
          At noon or when the lesser wain
      Is twisting round the polar star;

      Uncared for, gird the windy grove,
          And flood the haunts of hern and crake;
          Or into silver arrows break
      The sailing moon in creek and cove;

      Till from the garden and the wild
          A fresh association blow,
          And year by year the landscape grow
      Familiar to the stranger’s child;

      As year by year the labourer tills
          His wonted glebe, or lops the glades;
          And year by year our memory fades
      From all the circle of the hills.
       


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