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Back shining from the pane, the fire

Seems outside in the snow:

So love set free from love's desire

Lights grief of long ago.

The dark is thinned with snow-sheen fine,

The earth bedecked with moon;

Out on the worlds we surely shine

More radiant than in June!

In the white garden lies a heap

As brown as deep-dug mould:

hundred partridges that keep Each other from the cold.

My father gives them sheaves of corn,

For shelter both and food:

High hope in me was early born,

My father was so good.

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