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First Line: I know not how her trees compare
Last Line: Me, resurrection's spring!
Subject(s): Flowers; Mountains; Trees; Water; Hills; Downs (great Britain)

I know not how her trees compare
With palm and northward pine,
But for each I could say a prayer,
The trees I name as mine.

I know not how her waters touch
The blue of other streams,
But if they hold a shade too much
They tell to me my dreams!

I know not if their plunderings race
With Scylla's pools afar;
But there are keepsakes I can trace,
Beyond what wrecks can bar.

I know not if her roses dare
The weight of Cashmere scent,
But every bud will burn to share
Her beggars' banishment.

I know not if her mountains reach
The Pyrenean peaks,
But all are learned enough to teach
What every alien seeks!

I know not if her land rates high,
As ducats count this thing;
But close, it ever will deny
Me, resurrection's spring!

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