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Poem by Edward Rowland Sill


CLEAR water on smooth rock
Could give no foot-hold for a single flower,
Or slenderest shaft of grain:
The stone must crumble under storm and rain
The forests crash beneath the whirlwind's power
And broken boughs from many a tempest-shock,
And fallen leaves of many a wintry hour,
Must mingle in the mould,
Before the harvest whitens on the plain,
Bearing an hundred-fold.
Patience, O weary heart!
Let all thy sparkling hours depart,
And all thy hopes be withered with the frost,
And every effort tempest-tost
So, when all life's green leaves
Are fallen, and mouldered underneath the sod,
Thou shalt go not too lightly to thy God,
But heavy with full sheaves.

Edward Rowland Sill

Edward Rowland Sill's other poems:
  1. The Crickets in the Fields
  2. Night and Peace
  3. Among the Redwoods
  4. A Paradox
  5. Appreciated

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