18. The Winter Flower
A Birthday Offering

(For Music.)

BLOOM, beloved Flower!—
Unknown;—'tis no matter.
Courts glitter brief hour,
Crowds can but flatter.

Plants in the garden
See best the Sun's glory;
They miss the green sward in
A conservatory.

Sure this is a blessing,
Outrings the loud tone
Of the dull world's caressing.

December 30, 1830.

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