robert frost | the peaceful shepherd

10 10 2007

 

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Poetry Dispatch No. 43 | Deember 25, 2005

THE PEACEFUL SHEPHERD by Robert Frost

If heaven were to do again,
And on the pasture bars,
I leaned to line the figures in
Between the dotted stars,

I should be tempted to forget,
I fear, the Crown of Rule,
The Scales of Trade, the Cross of Faith,
As hardly worth renewal.

For these have governed in our lives,
And see how men have warred.
The Cross, the Crown, the Scales may all
As well have been the Sword.

from COMPLETE POEMS of ROBERT FROST

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