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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
From ‘England, My Mother’
By William Watson (1858–1935)
 
From ‘The Poems of William Watson’ (2 vols.)

LO, with the ancient
Roots of man’s nature,
Twines the eternal
  Passion of song.
 
Ever Love fans it,        5
Ever Life feeds it;
Time cannot age it,
  Death cannot slay.
 
Deep in the world-heart
Stand its foundations,        10
Tangled with all things,
  Twin-made with all.
 
Nay, what is Nature’s
Self, but an endless
Strife toward music,        15
  Euphony, rhyme?
 
Trees in their blooming,
Tides in their flowing,
Stars in their circling,
  Tremble with song.        20
 
God on His throne is
Eldest of poets:
Unto His measures
  Moveth the whole.
 
 
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