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PHILOSOPHIES, by            
First Line: The cedar seeks escape from the blue shade
Last Line: And, fading, dies a regal fatalist.
Subject(s): Cedar Trees; Flowers; Nature; Roses


The cedar seeks escape from the blue shade
Her own expanded loveliness has made.
The rose digs farther for a firmer hold
Beneath her store of scented blossom mould.
The runnel strives to cut a deeper bed
During her silver flight, and leaps ahead
To merge with widened waters, still and cool.
But the white lily gleaming on the pool
Lies in exalted idleness. To be
Is better than the mad activity
Of flurried runnels. Let the rose dig down,
And let the towering cedar lift her crown.
The water lily waits through sun and mist,
And, fading, dies a regal fatalist.





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