He who plants a tree
Clear DotPlants a hope.
Clear DotRootlets up through fibres blindly
Clear Dotgrope;
Leaves unfold into horizons free.
Clear DotSo man's life must climb
Clear DotFrom the clods of time
Clear DotUnto heavens sublime.
Canst thou prophesy, thou little tree,
What the glory of thy boughs shall
Clear Dot be?

He who plants a tree
Clear DotPlants a joy;
Clear DotPlants a comfort that will never cloy;
Every day a fresh reality,
Clear DotBeautiful and strong,
Clear DotTo whose shelter throng
Clear DotCreatures blithe with song.
If thou couldst but know, thou happy tree,
Of the bliss that shall inhabit thee!

He who plants a tree,--
Clear DotHe plants peace.
Clear DotUnder its green curtains jargons cease.
Leaf and zephyr murmur soothingly;
Clear DotShadows soft with sleep
Clear DotDown tired eyelids creep,
Clear DotBalm of slumber deep.
Never hast thou dreamed, thou blessed tree,
Of the benediction thou shalt be.

He who plants a tree,--
Clear DotHe plants youth;
Clear DotVigor won for centuries in sooth;
Life of time, that hints eternity!
Clear DotBoughs their strength uprear;
Clear DotNew shoots, every year,
Clear DotOn old growths appear;
Thou shalt teach the ages, sturdy tree,
Youth of soul is immortality.

He who plants a tree,--
Clear DotHe plants love,
Clear DotTents of coolness spreading out above
Wayfarers he may not live to see.
Clear DotGifts that grow are best;
Clear DotHands that bless are blest;
Clear DotPlant! life does the rest!
Heaven and earth help him who plants a tree,
And his work its own reward shall be.

Clear Dotby Lucy Larcom
Born March 5, 1824; Died April 27, 1893

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