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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
The Pot of Flowers
By Théophile Gautier (1811–1872)
 
SOMETIMES a child finds a small seed,
And at once, delighted with its bright colors,
To plant it he takes a porcelain jar
Adorned with blue dragons and strange flowers.
 
He goes away. The root, snake-like, stretches,        5
Breaks through the earth, blooms, becomes a shrub;
Each day, farther down, it sinks its fibrous foot,
Until it bursts the sides of the vessel.
 
The child returns: surprised, he sees the rich plant
Over the vase’s débris brandishing its green spikes;        10
He wants to pull it out, but the stem is stubborn.
The child persists, and tears his fingers with the pointed arrows.
 
Thus grew love in my simple heart;
I believed I sowed but a spring flower;
’Tis a large aloe, whose root breaks        15
The porcelain vase with the brilliant figures.
 
 
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