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Lily-Bell and Thistledown Song
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Louisa May Alcott


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Awake! Awake! for the earliest gleam
Of golden sunlight shines
On the rippling waves, that brightly flow
Beneath the flowering vines.
Awake! Awake! for the low, sweet chant
Of the wild-birds' morning hymn
Comes floating by on the fragrant air,
Through the forest cool and dim;
Then spread each wing,
And work, and sing,
Through the long, bright sunny hours;
O'er the pleasant earth
We journey forth,
For a day among the flowers.

Awake! Awake! for the summer wind
Hath bidden the blossoms unclose,
Hath opened the violet's soft blue eye,
And awakened the sleeping rose.
And lightly they wave on their slender stems
Fragrant, and fresh, and fair,
Waiting for us, as we singing come
To gather our honey-dew there.
Then spread each wing,
And work, and sing,
Through the long, bright sunny hours;
O'er the pleasant earth
We journey forth,
For a day among the flowers.


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Louisa May Alcott (1832 - 1888) was one of four daughters born to Bronson and May Alcott. Poverty was their constant companion; Mr. Alcott spent most of his life teaching and philosophizing and Louisa worked from an early age to help with expenses. She wrote her first book at the age of 23, a collection of stories for Ralph Waldo Emerson’s daughter, and continued to write and publish from that point on. Her best known work is Little Women, but Louisa also wrote poetry, short stories, and a number of novels.

 


Post New Comment:
dotief@comcast.net:
So beautiful! Makes me want to take this coffee outside and sit among my flowers!
Posted 06/10/2014 08:49 AM
KevinArnold:
Interesting repetition--though similar, the stanzas are remarkably different.
Posted 06/09/2014 11:34 PM


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