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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 Palm-Tree
By Henry Vaughan (1621–1695)
 
DEARE friend, sit down, and bear awhile this shade,
  As I have yours long since: this plant, you see
So prest and bowed, before sin did degrade
  Both you and it, had equall liberty
 
With other trees; but now, shut from the breath        5
  And air of Eden, like a malcontent,
It thrives nowhere. This makes these weights, like death
  And sin, hang at him; for the more he’s bent,
 
The more he grows. Celestial natures still
  Aspire for home; this, Solomon of old,        10
By flowers and carvings, and mysterious skill
  Of wings and cherubims and palms, foretold.
 
This is the life which, hid above with Christ
  In God, doth always hidden multiply,
And spring and grow,—a tree ne’er to be priced,        15
  A tree whose fruit is immortality.
 
Here spirits that have run their race, and fought,
  And won the fight, and have not feared the frowns
Nor loved the smiles of greatness, but have wrought
  Their Master’s will, meet to receive their crowns.        20
 
Here is the patience of the saints: this tree
  Is watered by their tears, as flowers are fed
With dew by night; but One you cannot see
  Sits here, and numbers all the tears they shed.
 
Here is their faith too, which if you will keep        25
  When we two part, I will a journey make
To pluck a garland hence while you do sleep,
  And weave it for your head against you wake.
 
 
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