?. I heard last night a little child go singing
I heard last night a little child go singing
'Neath Casa Guidi windows, by the church,
O bella libertà, O bella! -- stringing
The same words still on notes he went in search
So high for, you concluded the upspringing
Of such a nimble bird to sky from perch
Must leave the whole bush in a tremble green,
And that the heart of Italy must beat,
While such a voice had leave to rise serene
'Twixt church and palace of a Florence street;
A little child, too, who not long had been
By mother's finger steadied on his feet,
And still O bella libertà he sang.
?. Such a starved bank of moss
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Such a starved bank of moss
Till, that May-morn,
Blue ran the flash across:
Violets were born!
Sky -- what a scowl of cloud
Till, near and far,
Ray on ray split the shroud:
Splendid, a star!
World -- how it walled about
Life with disgrace,
Till God's own smile came out:
That was thy face!
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