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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
The Palm and the Pine
By Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton (1809–1885)
 
BENEATH an Indian palm a girl
Of other blood reposes;
Her cheek is clear and pale as pearl,
Amid that wild of roses.
 
Beside a northern pine a boy        5
Is leaning fancy-bound,
Nor listens where with noisy joy
Awaits the impatient hound.
 
Cool grows the sick and feverish calm,—
Relaxed the frosty twine,—        10
The pine-tree dreameth of the palm,
The palm-tree of the pine.
 
As soon shall nature interlace
Those dimly visioned boughs,
As these young lovers face to face        15
Renew their early vows!
 
 
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