To the Fringed Gentian

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William Cullen Bryant (1794—1878)


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Poem by Bryant, published in Poems (1832). In iambic tetrameter quatrains, it depicts the blossom, “colored with heaven's own blue,” which blooms late in autumn after other flowers are gone, and expresses the poet's wish that, as death approaches, “Hope, blossoming within my heart, May look to heaven as I depart.”

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