Wild Garden

by Bliss Carman


 

THE LARGESS OF LIFE


 

Because I have given my heart
To the joyance of living,
Its lords have given me life
Past their measure of giving.

Because I have given my soul

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To the rapture of gladness,
They have taught me the simples of earth
For the healing of sadness.

Because I have given my days
To the seeking of knowledge,

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They have opened the doors for me
Of the wilderness college.

They have opened my eyes to behold
And my senses to love
More than the careless perceive

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Or the learned can prove.

Because I have given my years
To the service of beauty,
They have given me wonder and light
Without limit or duty.

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Because I have followed their trail,
Often faint yet unswerving,
They have given me guides in the way
Beyond all deserving.
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