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THEY ALL BELONG TO ME, by                     Poet's Biography
First Line: Ye cannot shut the trees in
Subject(s): Holidays; Trees

There are riches without measure
Scattered thickly o'er the land;
There are heaps and heaps of treasure,
Bright, beautiful, and grand;
There are forests, there are mountains,
There are meadows, there are rills,
Forming everlasting fountains
In the bosoms of the hills;
There are birds and there are flowers,
The fairest things that be-
And these great and joyous dowers,
Oh! " they all belong to me."
There are golden acres bending
In the light of harvest rays,
There are garland branches blending
With the breath of June's, sweet days:
There are pasture grasses blowing
In the dewy, moorland shade,
There are herds of cattle lowing
In the midst of bloom and blade;
There are noble elms that quiver,
As the gale comes full and free,
There are alders by the river,
And "they all belong to me"."
I care not who may reckon
The wheat piled up in sacks,
Nor who has power to beckon
The woodman with his axe;
I care not who hold leases
Of the upland or the dell,
Nor who may count the fleeces
When the flocks are fit to sell.
While there's beauty none can barter
By the greensward and the tree:
Claim who will, by seal and charter,
Yet "they all belong to me."
There's the thick and dingled cover
Where the hare and pheasant play,
There are sheets of rosy clover,
There are hedges crowned with May;
There are vines all dark and gushing,
There are orchards ripe and red,
There are herds of wild deer crushing
The heath-bells as they tread.
And ye, who count in money
The value these may be,
Your hives but hold my honey,
For "they all belong to me."
Ye cannot shut the tree in,
Ye cannot hide the hills,
Ye cannot wall the sea in,
Ye cannot choke the rills;
The corn will only nestle
In the broad arms of the sky,
The clover crop must wrestle
With the common wind, or die.
And while these stores of treasure
Are spread where I may see,
By God's high, bounteous pleasure,
"They all belong to me".
What care I for the profit
The stricken stem may yield?
I have the shadow of it
While upright in the field.
What reck I of the riches
The mill-stream gathers fast,
While I bask in shady niches,
And see the brook go past?
What reck I who has title
To the widest lands that be?
They are mine, without requital,
God gave them all to me.
Oh! privilege and blessing,
To find I ever own,
What great ones, in possessing,
Imagine theirs alone!
Oh! glory to the Maker,
Who gave such boon to hold,
Who made me free partaker
Where others buy with gold!
For while the woods and mountains
Stand up where I can see,
While God unlocks the fountains,
"They all belong to me!"

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