Verse > Anthologies > The World’s Best Poetry > Vol. IV. The Higher Life
Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume IV. The Higher Life.  1904.
VI. Human Experience
The Seed Growing Secretly
Henry Vaughan (1621–1695)
DEAR, secret greenness! nurst below
    Tempests and winds and winter nights!
Vex not, that but One sees thee grow;
    That One made all these lesser lights.
What needs a conscience calm and bright        5
    Within itself, an outward test?
Who breaks his glass, to take more light,
    Makes way for storms into his rest.
Then bless thy secret growth, nor catch
    At noise, but thrive unseen and dumb;        10
Keep clean, bear fruit, earn life, and watch
    Till the white-winged reapers come!

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