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I Saw in Louisiana a Live-Oak Growing.

Part of the cluster CALAMUS.

I saw in Louisiana a Live-Oak Growing.

I SAW in Louisiana a live-oak growing, All alone stood it, and the moss hung down from the  
Without any companion it grew there, uttering joyous  
 leaves of dark green,
And its look, rude, unbending, lusty, made me think of  
But I wonder'd how it could utter joyous leaves, stand- 
 ing alone there, without its friend, its lover near  
 —for I knew I could not;
And I broke off a twig with a certain number of leaves  
 upon it, and twined around it a little moss,
And brought it away—and I have placed it in sight in  
 my room;
It is not needed to remind me as of my own dear friends, (For I believe lately I think of little else than of them;) Yet it remains to me a curious token—it makes me  
 think of manly love;
For all that, and though the live-oak glistens there in  
 Louisiana, solitary, in a wide flat space,
Uttering, joyous leaves all its life, without a friend, a  
 lover, near,
I know very well I could not.

Part of the cluster CALAMUS.

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