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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.
The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

The Lily of the Valley

By George Croly (1780–1860)

WHITE bud, that in meek beauty so dost lean

Thy cloistered cheek as pale as moonlight snow,

Thou seem’st beneath thy huge high leaf of green,

An eremite beneath his mountain’s brow.

White bud! thou ’rt emblem of a lovelier thing,

The broken spirit that its anguish bears

To silent shades, and there sits offering

To Heaven the holy fragrance of its tears.