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(1882 - 1937)

ohn Drinkwater: Reciprocity
"Invocation" by Fredric, Lord Leighton


I do not think that skies and meadows are
Moral, or that the fixture of a star
Comes of a quiet spirit, or that trees
Have wisdom in their windless silences.
Yet these are things invested in my mood
With constancy, and peace, and fortitude;
That in my troubled season I can cry
Upon the wide composure of the sky,
And envy fields, and wish that I might be
As little daunted as a star or tree.

Written by John Drinkwater, circa 1908