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The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

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A Group of Indian Epigrams: O Cotton-Tree!

Translation of Charles Rockwell Lanman, editor

O COTTON-TREE! far from the road thou standest.

Thou art so thorny! and no shade thou yieldest.

E’en apes do scorn thy fruit. No perfume hast thou,

So that the bees, the honey-drinkers, shun thee.

O cotton-tree! thou art so void of goodness,

’Twere bootless we should visit thee. We pray thee,

Stand where thou art,

And let us sigh and pass.