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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
Easter
By George Herbert (1593–1633)
 
I GOT me flowers to strew Thy way;
I got me boughs off many a tree;
But thou wast up by break of day,
And brought’st Thy sweets along with Thee.
 
The sun arising in the east,—        5
Though he give light, and the east perfume;
If they should offer to contest
With Thy arising, they presume.
 
Can there be any day but this,
Though many suns to shine endeavor?        10
We count three hundred,—but we miss:
There is but one, and that one ever.
 
 
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