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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  The New Poetry: An Anthology.  1917.
 
173. Trees
 
By Joyce Kilmer
 
 
I THINK that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
 
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;
 
A tree that looks at God all day,        5
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
 
A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
 
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.        10
 
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
 

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