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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
767. Man and Nature
By Robert Kelley Weeks
O STEADFAST trees that know
Rain, hail, and sleet, and snow,
And all the winds that blow;
  But when spring comes, can then
  So freshly bud again        5
Forgetful of the wrong!
Waters that deep below
The stubborn ice can go
With quiet underflow,
  Contented to be dumb        10
  Till spring herself shall come
To listen to your song!
Stars that the clouds pass o’er
And stain not, but make more
Alluring than before:—        15
  How good it is for us
  That your lives are not thus
Prevented, but made strong!


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