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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
1401. Youth
By Virginia Woodward Cloud
OUT of the heart there flew a little singing bird,
  Past the dawn and the dew, where leaves of morning stirred,
And the heart, which followed on, said: “Though the bird be flown
  Which sang in the dew and the dawn, the song is still my own.”
Over the foot-worn track, over the rock and thorn,        5
  The tired heart looked back to the olive leaves of morn,
To the fair, lost fields again, and said: “I hear it! Oh, hark!”—
  Though the bird were long since slain, though the song had died in the dark.


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