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Henry Abbey
(11 Jul 1842 - 7 Jun 1911)

American poet best remembered for the poem, “What Do We Plant When We Plant a Tree?&rdqo; Although writing poetry was his pastime, he published several books, beginning with May Dreams (1862) at age 21, and continuing throughout his life, with his last book, Dream of Death (1910) published the year before he died.

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What do we plant when we plant the tree?
We plant the ship, which will cross the sea.
We plant the mast to carry the sails;
We plant the planks to withstand the gales—
The keel, the keelson, and beam and knee;
We plant the ship when we plant the tree.

What do we plant when we plant the tree?
We plant the houses for you and me.
We plant the rafters, the shingles, the floors,
We plant the studding, the lath, the doors,
The beams and siding, all parts that be;
We plant the house when we plant the tree.

What do we plant when we plant the tree?
A thousand things that we daily see;
We plant the spire that out-towers the crag,
We plant the staff for our country's flag,
We plant the shade, from the hot sun free;
We plant all these when we plant the tree.
— Henry Abbey
(Feb 1890) In The Poems of Henry Abbey (1895), 262.
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