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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
601. Rose and Root
 
A Fable of Two Lives
 
By John James Piatt
 
 
THE ROSE aloft in sunny air,
  Beloved alike by bird and bee,
Takes for the dark Root little care
  That toils below it ceaselessly.
 
I put my question to the flower:        5
  “Pride of the Summer, garden queen,
Why livest thou thy little hour?”
  And the Rose answered, “I am seen.”
 
I put my question to the Root.
  “I mine the earth content,” it said,        10
“A hidden miner underfoot:
  I know a Rose is overhead.”
 

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