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Henry Charles Beeching, ed. (1859–1919).  Lyra Sacra: A Book of Religious Verse.  1903.
 
In Spring the green leaves shoot
By Dora Greenwell (1821–1882)
 
    IN 1 spring the green leaves shoot,
    In spring the blossoms fall,
    With summer falls the fruit,
    The leaves in autumn fall,
    Contented from the bough        5
    They drop, leaves, blossoms now,
And ripen’d fruit; the warm earth takes them all.
 
    Thus all things ask for rest,
    A home above, a home beneath the sod:
    The sun will seek the west,        10
    The bird will seek its nest,
    The heart another breast
Whereon to lean, the spirit seeks its God.
 
Note 1. The poems of Dora Greenwell have not of late met with the appreciation they deserve. I have to thank Miss Greenwell’s biographer, the Rev. W. Dorling, for obtaining the leave of her brother and literary executor to this selection. [back]
 
 
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