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Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. (1869–1948).  The Second Book of Modern Verse.  1922.
 
Little Things
 
Orrick Johns
 
 
THERE’S nothing very beautiful and nothing very gay
About the rush of faces in the town by day,
But a light tan cow in a pale green mead,
That is very beautiful, beautiful indeed ..
And the soft March wind and the low March mist        5
Are better than kisses in a dark street kissed …
The fragrance of the forest when it wakes at dawn,
The fragrance of a trim green village lawn,
The hearing of the murmur of the rain at play—
These things are beautiful, beautiful as day!        10
And I shan’t stand waiting for love or scorn
When the feast is laid for a day new-born …
Oh, better let the little things I loved when little
Return when the heart finds the great things brittle;
And better is a temple made of bark and thong        15
Than a tall stone temple that may stand too long.
 

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