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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume III. Sorrow and Consolation.  1904.
III. Adversity
Mary Louise Ritter
Catskill Mountain House

WAVE after wave of greenness rolling down
From mountain top to base, a whispering sea
Of affluent leaves through which the viewless breeze
          Murmurs mysteriously.
And towering up amid the lesser throng,        5
A giant oak, so desolately grand,
Stretches its gray imploring arms to heaven
          In agonized demand.
Smitten by lightning from a summer sky,
Or bearing in its heart a slow decay,        10
What matter, since inexorable fate
          Is pitiless to slay.
Ah, wayward soul, hedged in and clothed about,
Doth not thy life’s lost hope lift up its head,
And, dwarfing present joys, proclaim aloud,—        15
          “Look on me, I am dead!”

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