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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
The Flower
 
Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron (1809–92)
 
 
ONCE in a golden hour
  I cast to earth a seed.
Up there came a flower,
  The people said, a weed.
 
To and fro they went        5
  Thro’ my garden-bower,
And muttering discontent
  Cur’d me and my flower.
 
Then it grew so tall
  It wore a crown of light,        10
But thieves from o’er the wall
  Stole the seed by night.
 
Sow’d it far and wide
  By every town and tower,
Till all the people cried,        15
  “Splendid is the flower.”
 
Read my little fable:
  He that runs may read.
Most can raise the flowers now,
  For all have got the seed.        20
 
And some are pretty enough,
  And some are poor indeed;
And now again the people
  Call it but a weed.
 

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