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THE HARVEST, by            
First Line: Man digs with scooping hands for bits of gold
Last Line: And heaven above him finds him very poor.
Subject(s): Fertility; Harvest; Poverty


Man digs with scooping hands for bits of gold,
And guards his temporal treasure as his life;
He reaps the harvest that his acres hold
And prunes each bearing branch with careful knife.

But priceless nuggets, buried in his brain,
Are not intensely prized, or keenly sought;
Fertility of mind shall thirst and wane
In him who has not tilled a virgin thought.

For life holds many a gem he cannot buy,
And beauty sings, unheard, beside his door;
The tree of knowledge never meets his eye,
And heaven above him finds him very poor.





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