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James and Mary Ford, eds.  Every Day in the Year.  1902.
April 23
By Craven Langstroth Betts (1853–1941)
(Died April 23, 1850)

THE PRESENCES of woods informed his soul;
His Muse was taught of winds and murmuring streams;
Across his vision broke Love’s rarest gleams,
And English faith held o’er him proud control.
He was Truth’s eremite with beechen bowl;        5
The wayside life and legend shaped his themes,
Borne softly through his mountain realm of dreams,
But round those heights rang Freedom’s trumpet-roll.
Prophet and priest and bard—the humble throng
He loved and voiced, from the great Mother drew        10
His litanies and choruses; the blue
Of Heaven and green of Earth illumed his song.
The Joshua, he, of Israel’s chosen few,
And of his peers the Godfrey chaste and strong.

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