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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
The House of the Trees
 
Ethelwyn Wetherald
 
 
OPE your doors and take me in,
  Spirit of the wood,
Wash me clean of dust and din,
  Clothe me in your mood.
 
Take me from the noisy light        5
  To the sunless peace,
Where at mid day standeth Night
  Signing Toil’s release.
 
All your dusky twilight stores
  To my senses give;        10
Take me in and lock the doors,
  Show me how to live.
 
Lift your leafy roof for me,
  Part your yielding walls;
Let me wander lingeringly        15
  Through your scented halls.
 
Ope your doors and take me in,
  Spirit of the wood;
Take me—make me next of kin
  To your leafy brood.        20
 

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