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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 Salt of the Earth
By Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837–1909)
 
IF childhood were not in the world,
  But only men and women grown;
No baby-locks in tendrils curled,
  No baby-blossoms blown;
 
Though men were stronger, women fairer,        5
  And nearer all delights in reach,
And verse and music uttered rarer
  Tones of more godlike speech;
 
Though the utmost life of life’s best hours
  Found, as it cannot now find, words;        10
Though desert sands were sweet as flowers,
  And flowers could sing like birds:
 
But children never heard them, never
  They felt a child’s foot leap and run,—
This were a drearier star than ever        15
  Yet looked upon the sun.
 
 
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