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"I would rather, William, that my folly erred on the safe side."

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THE

FLOWER OF INNOCENCE,

OR

RACHEL.

A TRUE NARRATIVE;

WITH OTHER TALES,

BY

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CHARLСTTE ELIZABETH,
AUTHOR OF THE FLOWER GARDEN, FLORAL BIOGRAPHY,

ETC., ETC., ETC.

NEW YORK :

PUBLISHED BY JOHN S. TAYLOR, BRICK CHURCH CHAPEL,

145 NASSAU STREET.
Opposite the Tract House.

1845.

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THE

FLOWER OF INNOCENCE.

There is a flower, a simple thing

But dear, most dear to me-
And ’midst a thousand gayer flowers,

That fairest still will be.
It dots the ground with star-like gems

About my place of birth-
And there, where'er the sod is green,

'Tis smiling from the earth.
It comes when wakes the pleasant spring--

When first the earth is green-
Four white, or pale blue leaves it hath,

With yellow heart between.
It loves to deck the grassy bank,

That slopes a.down the brook ;
For there, it takes a deeper blue,

And there, a gayer look.
But when it grows on sod exposed,

Its leaves are small and white
As if the modest flower grew pale

Amidst the glare of light

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