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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume VI. Fancy.  1904.
 
Poems of Sentiment: II. Life
A California Christmas
Joaquin Miller (1841–1913)
 
  BEHOLD where Beauty walks with Peace!
Behold where Plenty pours her horn
Of fruits, of flowers, fat increase,
As generous as light of morn.
 
  Green Shasta, San Diego, seas        5
Of bloom and green between them rolled.
Great herds in grasses to their knees,
And green earth garmented in gold.
 
  White peaks that prop the sapphire blue
Look down on Edens, such as when        10
That fair, first spot perfection knew
And God walked perfect earth with men.
 
  I say God’s kingdom is at hand
Right here, if we but lift our eyes;
I say there lies no line or land        15
Between this land and Paradise.
 
 
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