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Dora Read Goodale

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All the woodland path is broken
By warm tints along the way,
And the low and sunny slope
Is alive with sudden hope
When there comes the silent token
Of an April day,
Blue hepatica!
Hepatica, reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 365.

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