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WHOM EARTH HAS TAUGHT: HERITAGE, by            
First Line: Earth's sweet and patient processes have wrought
Last Line: A load of winter forage for the cows.


Earth's sweet and patient processes have wrought
In him not otherwise than in a seed,
Storing the fruity essences for thought
To take and shape to wisdom at his need.
And so, as if returned somehow to men
From out the reach of lost Arcadian days,
He brings the sense of Infinite again,
And epic grace to casual speech and ways.

Rooted too deep in cosmos to be stirred
By tumults of the hour, he keeps his way, --
Evoking with a single clovered word
Virgilian peasants ricking up their hay,
Or bees about Hymettus, as he mows
A load of winter forage for the cows.





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