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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. VI–VIII: Literature of the Republic, Part III., 1835–1860
 
The Voice of the Grass
By Sarah Roberts (1812–1869)
 
[Born in Portsmouth, N. H., 1812. Died in New York, N. Y., 1869.]

HERE I come creeping, creeping everywhere;
    By the dusty roadside,
    On the sunny hill-side,
    Close by the noisy brook,
    In every shady nook,        5
I come creeping, creeping everywhere.
 
Here I come creeping, smiling everywhere;
    All around the open door,
    Where sit the aged poor;
    Here where the children play,        10
    In the bright and merry May,
I come creeping, creeping everywhere.
 
Here I come creeping, creeping everywhere;
    In the noisy city street
    My pleasant face you’ll meet,        15
    Cheering the sick at heart
    Toiling his busy part—
Silently creeping, creeping everywhere.
 
Here I come creeping, creeping everywhere;
    You cannot see me coming,        20
    Nor hear my low sweet humming;
    For in the starry night,
    And the glad morning light,
I come quietly creeping everywhere.
 
Here I come creeping, creeping everywhere;        25
    More welcome than the flowers
    In summer’s pleasant hours:
    The gentle cow is glad,
    And the merry bird not sad,
To see me creeping, creeping everywhere.        30
 
Here I come creeping, creeping everywhere;
    When you’re numbered with the dead
    In your still and narrow bed,
    In the happy Spring I’ll come
    And deck your silent home—        35
Creeping, silently creeping everywhere.
 
Here I come creeping, creeping everywhere;
    My humble song of praise
    Most joyfully I raise
    To Him at whose command        40
    I beautify the land,
Creeping, silently creeping everywhere.
 
 
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