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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Julia C. R. Dorr
 
        And all the meadows, wide unrolled,
Were green and silver, green and gold,
Where buttercups and daisies spun
Their shining tissues in the sun.
  1
        And the stately lilies stand
  Fair in the silvery light,
Like saintly vestals, pale in prayer;
Their pure breath sanctifies the air,
As its fragrance fills the night.
  2
        Fie upon thee, November! thou dost ape
The airs of thy young sisters;—thou hast stolen
The witching smile of May to grace thy lip,
And April’s rare capricious loveliness
Thou’rt trying to put on!
  3
        O beautiful, royal Rose,
  O Rose, so fair and sweet!
Queen of the garden art thou,
  And I—the Clay at thy feet!
*        *        *        *        *
Yet, O thou beautiful Rose!
  Queen rose, so fair and sweet,
What were lover or crown to thee
  Without the Clay at thy feet?
  4
        O, fair To-morrow, what our souls have missed
Art thou not keeping for us, somewhere, still?
The buds of promise that have never blown—
The tender lips that we have never kissed—
The song whose high, sweet strain eludes our skill,
The one white pearl that life hath never known.
  5
        Pluck the acacia’s golden balls,
And mark where the red pomegranate falls.
  6
        The buttercups, bright-eyed and bold,
Held up their chalices of gold
To catch the sunshine and the dew.
  7
        The harebells nod as she passes by,
The violet lifts its tender eye,
The ferns bend her steps to greet,
And the mosses creep to her dancing feet.
  8
        Thou art no dreamer, O thou stern To-day!
The dead past had its dreams; the real is thine.
  9
        To-morrow; never yet was born
In earth’s dull atmosphere a thing so fair—
Never tripped, with footsteps light as air,
So glad a vision o’er the hills of morn.
  10
        What dost thou bring to me, O fair To-day,
That comest o’er the mountains with swift feet?
  11
        What shall I bring to lay upon thy bier,
O Yesterday! thou day forever dead!
With what strange garlands shall I crown thy head,
Thou silent One?
  12
        Who soweth good seed shall surely reap;
The year grows rich as it groweth old,
And life’s latest sands are its sands of gold.
  13
        Yet there upon that upland height
The darlings of the early spring
Blue violets—were blossoming.
  14
  A wreath of dewy roses, fresh and sweet, just brought from out the garden’s cool retreat.  15
  Grass grows at last above all graves.  16
  Like saintly vestals, pale in prayer, their pure breath sanctifies the air.  17
  No mother who stands upon low ground herself can hope to place her children upon a loftier plane. They may reach it, but it will not be through her.  18
  With fragrant breath the lilies woo me now, and softly speaks the sweet-voiced mignonette.  19
 
 
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