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MINE THE GROUND, by            
First Line: If what you seek is that austere estate
Last Line: Blame not the hummingbird that seeks a flower.
Alternate Author Name(s): Armstrong, John, Mrs.; Armstrong, Mildred Bowers


If what you seek is that austere estate,
Pinioned, and cast in bronze, and laurel crowned,
Let me resign you, then, to your cold fate --
Yours be the pinnacle, and mine the ground.
But should you, tiring of the heights, descend
To the level of my eyes, then look and see
The light that you, yourself, have lit, my friend --
And do not smile, and do not pity me.

You are the one I met when hope was gone.
You are the one who set me on my way
Singing, and not afraid, and dancing on
The nettles of life as though to live were play.
If I extract a pleasure from this hour,
Blame not the hummingbird that seeks a flower.





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