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SBY 5/6/18

O noble tree, so stately and so proud,
That hurled a scornful challenge to the wind,
Alas! too soon thy leafy head is bowed,
To puny mortal's needs thy life assigned

I watch the flame a-glowing in the night,
And know that what thou wer't thou art no more,
A heap of ashes mark thy proud delight,
As "dust to dust" laughs Nature's mocking law.

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