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A New England girlhood, outlined from memory (Beverly, MA) by Lucy Larcom
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A NEW ENGLAND GIRLHOOD
OUTLINED FROM MEMORY

By LUCY LARCOM




I dedicated this sketch
To my girlfriends in general;
And in particular
To my namesake-niece,
Lucy Larcom Spaulding.


Happy those early days, when I
Shined in my angel-infancy!
--When on some gilded cloud or flower
My gazing soul would dwell an hour,
And in those weaker glories spy
Some shadows of eternity:--
Before I taught my tongue to wound
My conscience by a sinful sound;--
But felt through all this fleshy dress
Bright shoots of everlastingness.

HENRY VAUGHAN


The thought of our past years in me doth breed