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When Ruth was left half desolate,
And she had made a pipe of straw
green, As if she from her birth had been
An Infant of the woods.
There came a Youth from Georgia's shore,
From Indian blood you deem him sprung:
With hues of genius on his cheek
-While he was yet a Boy
He was a lovely Youth! I guess
Among the Indians he had fought,
shade Were perilous to hear.
He told of Girls, a happy rout,
He spake of plants divine and strange
He told of the Magnolia,t spread
+ Magnolia grandiflora,
* The splendid appearance of these scarlet flowers, which are scattered with such profusion over the Hills in the Southern parts of North America is frequently mentioned by Bartram in his Travels.