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Two Schools

 I put my heart to school
In the world, where men grow wise,
"Go out," I said, "and learn the rule;
Come back when you win a prize.
" My heart came back again: "Now where is the prize?" I cried.
---- "The rule was false, and the prize was pain, And the teacher's name was Pride.
" I put my heart to school In the woods, where veeries sing, And brooks run cool and clear; In the fields, where wild flowers spring, And the blue of heaven bends near.
"Go out," I said: "you are half a fool, But perhaps they can teach you here.
" "And why do you stay so long, My heart, and where do you roam?" The answer came with a laugh and a song, --- "I find this school is home.
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by Henry Van Dyke
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