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    by Andrew Lang
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    From Jules Lemaître

    Thy mouth is fresh as cherries on the bough,
    Red cherries in the dawning, and more white
    Than milk or white camellias is thy brow;
    And as the golden corn thy hair is bright,
    The corn that drinks the Sun's less fair than thou;
    While through thine eyes the child-soul gazeth now--
    Eyes like the flower that was Rousseau's delight.*

    Sister of sad Ophelia, say, shall these
    Thy pearly teeth grow like piano keys
    Yellow and long; while thou, all skin and bone,
    Angles and morals, in a sky-blue veil,
    Shalt hosts of children to the sermon hale,
    Blare hymns, read chapters, backbite, and intone?

    *The pervenche, or periwinkle.
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