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Explore the recess of the grove, And climb the towering trees.
" To start the wild bird from its nest,
Pursue the timid" deer, And then on leaves of gold to rest,
When darkness should appear."
His dark eye kindled as he spoke, His cheek was flush'd and bright;
He bounded forward o'er the leaves "With footstep wild and light.
0, childhood ! how thine innocence,
Thy buoyant spirits free, Tinge all things with the mellow ray
Of sweet simplicity!
Our autumn ramble caught a charm From this light-hearted child,
And the soft light of that sweet eve "Was brighten'd where he smiled.
ELIZABETH. She faded as the violets fade, Which blossom in the leafy shade,
And early droop away; Even while their mossy bed is bright, And naught beside is touch'd with blight,
Or whispers of decay.