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Poem by Lucy Maud Montgomery


Genius


A hundred generations have gone into its making,
With all their love and tenderness, with all their dreams and tears;
Their vanished joy and pleasure, their pain and their heart-breaking,
Have colored this rare blossom of the long-unfruitful years. 

Their victory and their laughter for this have strong men given,
For this have sweet, dead women paid in patience which survives≠
That a great soul might bring the world, as from the gate of heaven,
All that was rich and beautiful in those forgotten lives.



Lucy Maud Montgomery


Lucy Maud Montgomery's other poems:
  1. Companioned
  2. In an Old Farmhouse
  3. Rain along Shore
  4. Harbor Moonrise
  5. In an Old Town Garden


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • William McGonagall Genius ("What is genius?")
  • Thomas Aird Genius ("Eye of the brain and heart")
  • Henry White Genius ("Many there be, who, through the vale of life")
  • Mark Twain Genius ("Genius, like gold and precious stones")

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