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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern British Poetry.  1920.
Alfred Douglas. 1870–
65. The Green River
I KNOW a green grass path that leaves the field 
    And, like a running river, winds along 
    Into a leafy wood, where is no throng 
Of birds at noon-day; and no soft throats yield 
Their music to the moon. The place is sealed,         5
    An unclaimed sovereignty of voiceless song, 
    And all the unravished silences belong 
To some sweet singer lost, or unrevealed. 
So is my soul become a silent place.... 
    Oh, may I wake from this uneasy night  10
        To find some voice of music manifold. 
Let it be shape of sorrow with wan face 
    Or love that swoons on sleep, or else delight 
        That is as wide-eyed as a marigold. 

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