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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Margaret J. Preston
 
        Her smile was prodigal of summery shine,—
Gaily persistent,—like a morn in June
That laughs away the clouds, and up and down
Goes making merry with the ripening grain,
That slowly ripples,—its bent head drooped down,
With golden secret of the sheathèd seed.
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              In the vale beneath the hill
The evening’s growing purple strengthens.
  2
        O Nature, gracious mother of us all,
Within thy bosom myriad secrets lie
Which thou surrenderest to the patient eye
That seeks and waits.
  3
              The pure memories given
To help our joy on earth, when earth is past,
      Shall help our joy in heaven.
  4
        White as the blossoms which the almond tree,
Above its bald and leafless branches bears.
  5
        Whoso lives the holiest life
Is fittest far to die.
  6
  There is no to-morrow; though before our face the shadow named so stretches, we always fail to o’ertake it, hasten as we may.  7
 
 
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