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TO JAMES FORBES, ESQ.

ON HIS BRINGING ME FLOWERS FROM VAUCLUSE, AND WHICH HE HAD PRESERVED BY MEANS OF AN INGENIOUS PROCESS IN THEIR ORIGINAL BEAUTY.

1 SWEET spoils of consecrated bowers,
2 How dear to me these chosen flowers!
3 I love the simplest bud that blows,
4 I love the meanest weed that grows:
5 Symbols of nature every form
6 That speaks of her this heart can warm;
7 But ye, delicious flowers, assume
8 In fancy's eye a brighter bloom;
9 A dearer pleasure ye diffuse,
10 Cull'd by the fountain of Vaucluse!
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11 For ye were nurtur'd on the sod
12 Where PETRARCH mourn'd, and LAURA trod;
13 Ye grew on that inspiring ground
14 Where love has shed enchantment round;
15 Where still the tear of passion flows,
16 Fond tribute to a poet's woes!
17 Yet, cherish'd flowers, with love and fame
18 This wreath entwines a milder name;
19 Friendship, who better knows than they
20 The spells that smooth our length'ning way,
21 Friendship the blooming off'ring brought;
22 When FORBES the classic fountain sought,
23 For me he cull'd the fresh-blown flowers,
24 And fix'd their hues with potent powers;
25 Their pliant forms with skilful care
26 He seized, and stamp'd duration there;
27 His gift shall ever glad the eye,
28 Nor, like my verse is born to die.

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Title (in Source Edition): TO JAMES FORBES, ESQ. ON HIS BRINGING ME FLOWERS FROM VAUCLUSE, AND WHICH HE HAD PRESERVED BY MEANS OF AN INGENIOUS PROCESS IN THEIR ORIGINAL BEAUTY.
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Poems on various subjects: with introductory remarks on the present state of science and literature in France. London: G. and W. B. Whittaker, 1823, pp. [262]-263. 

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