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TO A FLOWER, by            
First Line: A fragile little bud upon a stem
Last Line: Earth's queen of beauty you were born to be.
Subject(s): Flowers


A fragile little bud upon a stem;
A tender thing with face turned to the sky,
Unfolding hour by hour -- a living gem,
So beautiful -- yet it was born to die.

It shines up through the dark and storm and sun,
And quietly attains its flowerhood:
A heavenly form by angel fingers spun
And brought to earth to grace the fields and wood.

Though you are fragile and so few your days,
I cannot look upon your lovely face --
Oh living wonder in reflected rays --
But promise of a future there I trace.

You bravely stand upon a rooted sod
And give your beauty and sweet fragrance free,
With smiling face turned to the sun, your god;
Earth's queen of beauty you were born to be.





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