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Poem by George Darley

The Joy of Childhood

    Down the dimpled green-sward dancing
        Bursts a flaxen-headed bevy,
    Bud-lipt boys and girls advancing
        Love's irregular little levy.

    Rows of liquid eyes in laughter,
        How they glimmer, how they quiver!
    Sparkling one another after,
        Like bright ripples on a river.

    Tipsy band of rubious faces,
        Flushed with joy's etheral spirit,
    Make your mocks and sly grimaces
        At Love's self, and do not fear it!

George Darley

George Darley's other poems:
  1. On the Death of a Recluse
  2. The Anonymous Poet
  3. To Helene
  4. The Moon and Sea
  5. Love's Likeness

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