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When he bit
that bud of her lower lip,
What though the radiance which was once so bright
Be now for ever taken from my sight,
Heaven lies about us in our infancy!
Shades of the prison-house begin to close
Upon the growing boy.
The glory and the freshness of a dream.
Behold the Child among his new-born blisses,
A six years' Darling of a pigmy size!
Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:
The Soul that rises with us, our life's Star,
Earth fills her lap with pleasures of her own;
Though nothing can bring back the hour
Of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower;
Thou, whose exterior semblance doth belie
Thy Soul's immensity;
The Rainbow comes and goes,
And lovely is the Rose,
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