[from Collected Works, T.E.Brown]


WHO would be planted chooseth not the soil,
Or here or there,
Or loam or peat,
Wherein he best may grow,
And bring forth guerdon of the planter's toil-
The lily is most fair,
But says not:-" I will only blow
Upon a southern land" ; the cedar makes no coil
What rock shall owe
The springs that wash his feet ;
The crocus cannot arbitrate the foil
That for its purple radiance is most meet-
Lord, even so
I ask one prayer,
The which if it be granted,
It skills not where
Thou plantest me, only I would be planted.


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