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Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. (1869–1948).  The Second Book of Modern Verse.  1922.
 
Orchard
 
Hilda Doolittle (H. D.) (1886–1961)
 
 
I SAW the first pear
As it fell—
The honey-seeking, golden-banded,
The yellow swarm
Was not more fleet than I,        5
(Spare us from loveliness)
And I fell prostrate
Crying:
You have flayed us
With your blossoms,        10
Spare us the beauty
Of fruit-trees.
 
The honey-seeking
Paused not,
The air thundered their song,        15
And I alone was prostrate.
 
O rough-hewn
God of the orchard,
I bring you an offering—
Do you, alone unbeautiful,        20
Son of the god,
Spare us from loveliness:
 
These fallen hazel-nuts,
Stripped late of their green sheaths,
Grapes, red-purple,        25
Their berries
Dripping with wine,
Pomegranates already broken,
And shrunken figs
And quinces untouched,        30
I bring you as offering.
 

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