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Algernon Charles Swinburne

In a Garden

Baby, see the flowers!

Baby sees

Fairer things than these,

Fairer though they be than dreams of ours.

Baby, hear the birds!

Baby knows

Better songs than those,

Sweeter though they sound than sweetest words.

Baby, see the moon!

Baby's eyes

Laugh to watch it rise,

Answering light with love and night with noon.

Baby, hear the sea!

Baby's face

Takes a graver grace,

Touched with wonder what the sound may be.

Baby, see the star!

Baby's hand

Opens, warm and bland,

Calm in claim of all things fair that are.

Baby, hear the bells!

Baby's head

Bows as ripe for bed,

Now the flowers curl round and close their cells.

Baby, flower of light,

Sleep and see

Brighter dreams than we,

Till good day shall smile away good night.