Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, YOUR HEIGHT IS OURS, by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY



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YOUR HEIGHT IS OURS, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: O princely poet! - kingly heir
Last Line: And then gave you to us.
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Praise


O PRINCELY poet! -- kingly heir
Of gifts divinely sent, --
Your own! -- nor envy anywhere,
Nor voice of discontent.

Though, of ourselves, all poor are we,
And frail and weak of wing,
Your height is ours -- your ecstasy --
Your glory, when you sing.

Most favored of the gods, and great
In gifts beyond our store,
We covet not your rich estate,
But prize our own the more. --

The gods give as but gods may do --
We count our riches thus, --
They gave their richest gifts to you,
And then gave you to us.





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