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George Willis Cooke, comp.  The Poets of Transcendentalism: An Anthology.  1903.
By William Ellery Channing (1818–1901)
WITHIN the unpainted cottage dwell
  The spirits of serene content,
As clear as from its moss-grown well
  Rises the crystal element.
Above, the elm, whose trunk is scarred        5
  With many a dint of stormy weather,
Rises, a sumptuous screen, debarred
  Of nothing that links life together.
Our common life may gratify
  More feelings than the rarest art,        10
For nothing can aspire so high
  As beatings of the human heart.
O! value then thy daily cheer,
  Poor pensioner on nature’s store,
And clasp the least, and hold most dear        15
  What seemeth small, and add the more.

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