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William Wilfred Campbell, comp.  The Oxford Book of Canadian Verse.  1913.
 
The House of the Trees
By Ethelwyn Wetherald (1857–1940)
 
OPE your doors and take me in,
  Spirit of the wood;
Wash me clean of dust and din,
  Clothe me in your mood.
 
Take me from the noisy light        5
  To the sunless peace,
Where at midday standeth Night
  Singing Toil’s release.
 
All your dusky twilight stores
  To my senses give;        10
Take me in and lock the doors,
  Show me how to live.
 
Lift your leafy roof for me,
  Part your yielding walls,
Let me wander lingeringly        15
  Through your scented halls.
 
Ope your doors and take me in,
  Spirit of the wood;
Take me, make me next of kin
  To your leafy brood.        20
 
 
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