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THE SOUL'S AWAKENING, by            
First Line: I pressed mine ear close to the warm, brown earth
Last Line: And all my heart prepared for blossoming.
Alternate Author Name(s): Colburn, John
Subject(s): Soul; Spring


I pressed mine ear close to the warm, brown earth,
And heard the myriad tiny stirs of life—
Seeds bursting, and the manifold soft strife
Of groping roots, and things just come to birth
Pressing the loam aside. And, in the dearth
Of green, each little folded leaf seemed rife
With beauty and the promise of new life,
A wealth of hope beyond all Summer's worth.

And seeds which I had treasured long ago
Within my breast, long withered up and dry,
Swelled with the moisture of the melting snow
And frost of doubt; and under faith's clear sky,
There woke in each the spirit of the Spring,
And all my heart prepared for blossoming.





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