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LIKE THE PEONIES (TO 'TEACHER'), by                    
First Line: You are like the peonies
Last Line: To give yourself away!
Subject(s): Keller, Helen (1880-1968); Life; Nature; Peonies


You are like the peonies
You gave to me today;
You are like the peonies
That bloom the last of May.

Round and big and plentiful,
Nature lavish, too;
Extravagant in goodness,
As generous as you.

They shed a heavy perfume,
Oh, endless-giving flower!
You, too, shed a fragrance rare
Upon this life of ours.

You are like the peonies
You gave to me today;
Oh, how very like the peonies,
To give yourself away!




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