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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1297. Candlemas
 
By Alice Brown
 
 
  O HEARKEN, all ye little weeds
    That lie beneath the snow,
(So low, dear hearts, in poverty so low!)
  The sun hath risen for royal deeds,
  A valiant wind the vanguard leads;        5
  Now quicken ye, lest unborn seeds
    Before ye rise and blow.
 
  O furry living things, adream
    On Winter’s drowsy breast,
(How rest ye there, how softly, safely rest!)        10
  Arise and follow where a gleam
  Of wizard gold unbinds the stream,
  And all the woodland windings seem
    With sweet expectance blest.
 
  My birds, come back! the hollow sky        15
    Is weary for your note.
(Sweet-throat, come back! O liquid, mellow throat!)
  Ere May’s soft minions hereward fly,
  Shame on ye, laggards, to deny
  The brooding breast, the sun-bright eye,        20
    The tawny, shining coat!
 

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