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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
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By Lizette Woodworth Reese
 
 
I AM Thy grass, O Lord!
  I grow up sweet and tall
But for a day, beneath Thy sword
  To lie at evenfall.
 
Yet have I not enough        5
  In that brief day of mine?
The wind, the bees, the wholesome stuff
  The sun pours out like wine.
 
Behold, this is my crown,—
  Love will not let me be;        10
Love holds me here; Love cuts me down;
  And it is well with me.
 
Lord, Love, keep it but so;
  Thy purpose is full plain:
I die that after I may grow        15
  As tall, as sweet again.
 

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