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William Wilfred Campbell, comp.  The Oxford Book of Canadian Verse.  1913.
 
The Water-lily
By Theodore Harding Rand (1835–1900)
 
PURE lily, open on the breast
Of toiling waters’ much unrest,
  Thy simple soul mounts up in worship
Like ecstasy of a spirit blest!
 
Thy wealth of ivory and gold,        5
All that thou hast, thou dost unfold!
  Fixed in the unseen thy life breathes upward
A heavenly essence from out earth’s mould.
 
Now comes the chill and dusk of night,—
Folds up thy precious gold and white!        10
  Thy casket sinks within veiled bosom,
To ope the richer in morrow’s light.
 
 
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