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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
The Diamond
By James John Garth Wilkinson (1812–1899)
 
STAR of the flowers, and flower of the stars,
And earth of the earth, art thou!
And darkness hath battles, and light hath wars
That pass in thy beautiful brow.
 
The eye of the ground thus was planted by heaven,        5
And the dust was new wed to the sun,
And the monarch went forth, and the earth-star was given,
That should back to the heaven-star run.
 
So in all things it is: the first origin lives,
And loves his life out to his flock;        10
And in dust, and in matter, and nature, he gives
The spirit’s last spark to the rock.
 
 
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