Perennials.

Samuel Griswold Goodrich 1793 ( Ridgefield) – 1860 ( )



Life is a journey, and its fairest flowers
Lie in our path beneath pride's trampling feet;
Oh, let us stoop to virtue's humble bowers,
And gather those, which, faded, still are sweet.
  
These way-side blossoms amulets are of price;
They lead to pleasure, yet from dangers warn;
Turn toil to bliss, this earth to Paradise,
And sunset death to heaven's eternal morn.
  
A good deed done hath memory's blest perfume,
A day of self-forgetfulness, all given
To holy charity, hath perennial bloom
That goes, undrooping, up from earth to heaven.
  
Forgiveness, too, will flourish in the skies
Justice, transplanted thither, yields fair fruit;
And if repentance, borne to heaven, dies,
'Tis that no tears are there to wet its root.
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Submitted on August 03, 2020

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Scheme ABAB CDCD EFEF GHGH
Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 710
Words 123
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4

Samuel Griswold Goodrich

Samuel Griswold Goodrich (August 19, 1793 – May 9, 1860) was an American author, better known under the pseudonym Peter Parley.  more…

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