Eight Harvard Poets/The Tree of Stars

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THE TREE OF STARS


<poem>THERE stands a tree where no man knows, And like an earthly tree it grows, Save that upon its branches wide The earth and all the stars beside, The chilly moon and the great sun, The little planets, one by one, Are hung like fruit to redden there And ripen in the heavenly air.

And when the seeds are round and full The watchful gods will come and pull The ripened fruit from off the tree; And then that heavenly company Will bear the shining planets in And gamer them in a deep bin And sort them out, and save the seed To plant new trees in time of need.<poem>