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THE PLANTING, by            
First Line: I have planted a tree
Last Line: I have planted a tree.
Subject(s): Plants; Prayer; Snow; Trees; Planting; Planters

I have planted a tree.
Sweet winds will you wait for its branches to grow?
O friendliest snow,
Will you cover its boughs from the cold
When my seedling is old?

I have planted a Priest for the sky;
A Temple for birds passing by;
A net to entangle the moon;
A green shelter at noon.
I have taken a spade
And a naked brown shoot and have made
A miracle! Nay, the glory is Thine,
O God of the dew and the air!
But the wonder is mine; --
And mine is the prayer:

In far summers my eyes may not see,
Let green branches murmur of me.
I have planted a tree.

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