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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.
The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

Richard Kendall Munkittrick (1853–1911)

The Root’s Dream

FROM the dark earth cool and fragrant,

A gnarled unlovely root

Sent forth in the rippling sunshine

A slender gold-green shoot.

The shoot in the languid breezes

Was soon by a pale bloom bent;

A sense of its frail white beauty

The sun to the black root sent.

The root was thrilled by a vision,

A vision of peace supreme;—

The fragile star of a blossom

Was the black root’s dainty dream.