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Poem by Lucy Maud Montgomery


A hundred generations have gone into its making,
With all their love and tenderness, with all their dreams and tears;
Their vanished joy and pleasure, their pain and their heart-breaking,
Have colored this rare blossom of the long-unfruitful years. 

Their victory and their laughter for this have strong men given,
For this have sweet, dead women paid in patience which survives≠
That a great soul might bring the world, as from the gate of heaven,
All that was rich and beautiful in those forgotten lives.

Lucy Maud Montgomery

Lucy Maud Montgomery's other poems:
  1. To One Hated
  2. The Prisoner
  3. The Sea Spirit
  4. Down Home
  5. If Mary Had Known

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • William McGonagall Genius ("What is genius?")
  • Thomas Aird Genius ("Eye of the brain and heart")

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