And so we wait

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Earth grown old, yet still so green,
Deep beneath her crust of cold
Nurses fire, unfelt, unseen:
Earth grown old.

We who live are quickly told:
Millions more lie hid between
Inner swathings of her fold.
When will fire break up her screen?

When will life burst thro’ her mold?
Earth, earth, earth, thy cold is keen,
Earth grown old.

Christina Rossetti

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