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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
337. The Voice of the Grass
 
By Sarah Roberts Boyle
 
 
HERE I come creeping, creeping everywhere;
    By the dusty roadside,
    On the sunny hill-side,
    Close by the noisy brook,
    In every shady nook,        5
I come creeping, creeping everywhere.
 
Here I come creeping, smiling everywhere;
    All around the open door,
    Where sit the aged poor;
    Here where the children play,        10
    In the bright and merry May,
I come creeping, creeping everywhere.
 
Here I come creeping, creeping everywhere;
    In the noisy city street
    My pleasant face you ’ll meet,        15
    Cheering the sick at heart
    Toiling his busy part,—
Silently creeping, creeping everywhere.
 
Here I come creeping, creeping everywhere;
    You cannot see me coming,        20
    Nor hear my low sweet humming;
    For in the starry night,
    And the glad morning light,
I come quietly creeping everywhere.
 
Here I come creeping, creeping everywhere;        25
    More welcome than the flowers
    In summer’s pleasant hours:
    The gentle cow is glad,
    And the merry bird not sad,
To see me creeping, creeping everywhere.        30
 
Here I come creeping, creeping everywhere:
    When you ’re numbered with the dead
    In your still and narrow bed,
    In the happy spring I ’ll come
    And deck your silent home—        35
Creeping, silently creeping everywhere.
 
Here I come creeping, creeping everywhere;
    My humble song of praise
    Most joyfully I raise
    To Him at whose command        40
    I beautify the land,
Creeping, silently creeping everywhere.
 

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