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When Adam was in Eden, his choicest plant of all

Was a glorious showy Dogwood that bloomed above the wall.

The Devil viewed its spotless white; he marked the Gardener’s pride,

And vowed he’d spoil the garden’s show; — but dared not go inside.

And so he climbed a Locust-tree that grew outside the foss,

And reached to shake, — but found, alas! each bloom was in a cross,

Which put them all beyond his power to wither or to blight.

The worst that he could do was give each snowy leaf a bite:

And there it shows and always will; and where the Devil sat

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