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Words as plain as hen-birds' wings
Do not lie,
Do not over-broider things -
Are too shy.
Thoughts that shuffle round like pence
Through each reign,
Wear down to their simplest sense
Weeds are not supposed to grow
But by degrees
Some achieve a flower, although
No one sees.
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