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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
1260. The Southern Snow-Bird
By William Hamilton Hayne
I SEE a tiny fluttering form
Beneath the soft snow’s soundless storm,
’Mid a strange noonlight palely shed
Through mocking cloud-rifts overhead.
All other birds are far from sight,—        5
They think the day has turned to night;
But he is cast in hardier mould,
This chirping courier of the cold.
He does not come from lands forlorn,
Where midnight takes the place of morn;        10
Nor did his dauntless heart, I know,
Beat first above Siberian snow;
And yet an arctic bird he seems;
Though nurtured near our southern streams,
The tip of his small tail may be        15
A snow-storm in epitome.


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