A Live-Oak Leaf

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How marvellous this bit of green
  I hold, and soon shall throw away!
Its subtle veins, its vivid sheen,
  Seem fragments of a god's array.

In all the hidden toil of earth,
  Which is the more laborious part--
To rear the oak's enormous girth,
  Or shape its leaves with poignant art?

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