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The Sweetest Empire

By

Sally Patricia Gardner




Smashwords Edition

Copyright © 2007 by Sally Patricia Gardner

All Rights Reserved




To a Lady, with some painted flowers.


Flowers to the fair: to you these flowers I bring,

And strive to greet you with an earlier spring.

Flowers sweet, and gay, and delicate like you:

Emblems of innocence, and beauty too.

With flowers the Graces bind their yellow hair,

And flowery wreaths consenting lovers wear.

Flowers, the sole luxury which nature knew,

In Eden's pure and guiltless garden grew.

To loftier forms are rougher tasks assign'd:

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