Bliss William Carman
New Brunswick
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IN the Garden of Eden, planted by God,
There were goodly trees in the springing sod,—
Trees of beauty and height and grace,
To stand in splendor before His face.
Apple and hickory, ash and pear,
Oak and beech and the tulip rare,
The trembling aspen, the noble pine,
The sweeping elm by the river line;
Trees for the birds to build and sing,
And the lilac tree for a joy in spring;
Trees to turn at the frosty call
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Elizabeth 21 February 2018
I haven't read this poem in decades - since I left grade school. It is still a most beautiful and uplifting poem. Beautiful for a number of reasons, among them the image they evoke of different trees and their uses. Today many other of their other properties of trees would be added to the list in praise of 's bounty. I looked the poem up because I am writing to my City council encouraging them to plant trees rather than cutting them down for residential development.
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