The Selected Poems of Lizette Woodworth Reese

The Selected Poems of Lizette Woodworth Reese

The Selected Poems of Lizette Woodworth Reese

The Selected Poems of Lizette Woodworth Reese

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IN PRAISE OF COMMON THINGS


For stock and stone;

For grass, and pool; for quince tree blown

A virginal white in spring;

And for the wall beside,

Gray, gentle, wide;

For roof, loaf, everything,

I praise Thee, Lord;

For toil, and ache, and strife,

And all the commonness of life.


Hearty, yet dim,

Like country voices in a hymn,

The things a house can hold;

The memories in the air;

And down the stair

Fond footsteps known of old;

The chair, the book or two;

The little bowl of white and blue.


What would it be,

If loveliness were far from me?

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