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George Willis Cooke, comp.  The Poets of Transcendentalism: An Anthology.  1903.
Lines, ‘You go to the woods’
By Caroline Sturgis Tappan (1819–1888)
YOU go to the woods—what there have you seen?
Quivering leaves glossy and green;
Lights and shadows dance to and fro,
Beautiful flowers in the soft moss grow.
Is the secret of these things known to you?        5
Can you tell what gives the flower its hue?
Why the oak spreads out its limbs so wide?
And the graceful grape-vine grows by its side?
Why clouds full of sunshine are piled on high?
What sends the wind to sweep through the sky?        10
No! the secret of Nature I do not know—
A poor groping child, through her marvels I go!

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