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First Line: All green things on the earth, bless ye the lord!
Last Line: Each answering other, praises pouring forth.


"ALL Green Things on the earth, bless ye the Lord!"
So sang the choir while ice-cased branches beat
The frosty window-panes, and at our feet
The frozen, tortured sod but mocked the word,
And seemed to cry like some poor soul in pain,
"Lord, suffering and endurance fill my days;
The growing green things will their Maker praise, --
The happy green things, growing in warm rain!
So God lacks praise while all the fields are white!"
I said; then smiled, remembering southward far
How pampas-grass swayed green in summer light.
Nay, God hears always from this swinging star,
Decani and Cantoris, South and North,
Each answering other, praises pouring forth.





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