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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume V. Nature.  1904.
 
V. Trees: Flowers: Plants
The Voice of the Grass
Sarah Roberts Boyle (1812–1869)
 
HERE I come creeping, creeping everywhere;
        By the dusty roadside,
        On the sunny hillside,
        Close by the noisy brook,
        In every shady nook,        5
I come creeping, creeping everywhere.
 
Here I come creeping, smiling everywhere;
        All round the open door,
        Where sit the agèd poor;
        Here where the children play,        10
        In the bright and merry May,
I come creeping, creeping everywhere.
 
Here I come creeping, creeping everywhere;
        In the noisy city street
        My pleasant face you ’ll meet,        15
        Cheering the sick at heart
        Toiling his busy part,—
Silently creeping, creeping everywhere.
 
Here I come creeping, creeping everywhere;
        You cannot see me coming,        20
        Nor hear my low sweet humming;
        For in the starry night,
        And the glad morning light,
I come quietly creeping everywhere.
 
Here I come creeping, creeping everywhere;        25
        More welcome than the flowers
        In summer’s pleasant hours;
        The gentle cow is glad,
        And the merry bird not sad,
To see me creeping, creeping everywhere.        30
 
Here I come creeping, creeping everywhere;
        When you ’re numbered with the dead
        In your still and narrow bed,
        In the happy spring I ’ll come
        And deck your silent home,—        35
Creeping, silently creeping everywhere.
 
Here I come creeping, creeping everywhere;
        My humble song of praise
        Most joyfully I raise
        To Him at whose command        40
        I beautify the land,
Creeping, silently creeping everywhere.
 
 
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