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What do we plant when we plant a tree?
A thousand things that we daily see,
We plant the spire that out-towers the crag,
We plant the staff for our country's flag;
We plant the shade from the hot sun free,
We plant all these when we plant the tree.
For, looking down the ladder of our deeds,
The rounds seem slender. All past work appears
Unto the doer faulty. The heart bleeds,
And pale Regret turns weltering in tears,
To think how poor our best has been, how vain,
Beside the excellence we would attain.
McMahon up the street of Paris came,
In triumph from Magenta. Every one
Had heard and praised the fearless marshal's name,
And gloried in the deeds that he had done.
Crowds packed the walks, and at each separate glass
A face was set to see the hero pass.
Though Duty's face is stern, her path is best: They sweetly sleep who die upon her breast.
As thoughts possess the fashion of the mood
That gave them birth, so every deed we do,
Partakes of our inborn disquietude
That spurns the old and reaches toward the new.
The noblest works of human art and pride
Show that their makers were not satisfied.
Life is the wave's deep whisper on the shore Of a great sea beyond.
What do we plant when we plant the tree?
We plant the ship which will cross the sea.
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Henry Abbey was an American poet who is best remembered for the poem, "What do we plant when we plant a tree?" He is also known for "The Bedouin's Rebuke".
The Poems Of Henry Abbey (1885)
Stories in Verse (1869)
May Dreams (1862)
Ballads of Good Deeds, and Other Verses (1871)
The Dream of Love: A Mystery (1910)
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