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Sing now child in the valley-glade.
Fret not over the blind judgment
Of hyacinths bright and fragrant
Or high pines yielding welcome shade.
In strange tones, this wildwood has prayed
To hear your gentle song’s ascent.
Sing now child in the valley-glade;
Fret not over the blind judgment.
Your hair’s neither darkened nor grayed
Nor lost in the throes of lament;
Your will is still by beauty bent,
Although it too in time will fade.
Fret not over the blind judgment;
Sing now child in the valley-glade.

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Published: Jun 24, 2018
Author
Michael Shindler
Michael Shindler is a writer living in Washington, D.C. His work has appeared in The American Conservative, The American Spectator, the Washington Examiner, and Townhall. Mr. Shindler is a graduate of Rutgers University, where he studied Economics and Political Science. He is also an alum of the Charles Koch Institute’s Policy Fellowship and America’s Future Foundation’s Writing Fellowship.
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