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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
815. The Song in the Dell
By Charles Edward Carryl
    I KNOW a way
Of hearing what the larks and linnets say:
  The larks tell of the sunshine and the sky;
  The linnets from the hedges make reply,
And boast of hidden nests with mocking lay.        5
    I know a way
Of keeping near the rabbits at their play:
  They tell me of the cool and shady nooks
  Where waterfalls disturb the placid brooks
That I may go and frolic in the spray.        10
    I know a way
Of catching dewdrops on a night in May,
  And threading them upon a spear of green,
  That through their sides translucent may be seen
The sparkling hue that emeralds display.        15
    I know a way
Of trapping sunbeams as they nimbly play
  At hide-and-seek with meadow-grass and flowers,
  And holding them in store for dreary hours
When winds are chill and all the sky is gray.        20
    I know a way
Of stealing fragrance from the new-mown hay
  And storing it in flasks of petals made,
  To scent the air when all the flowers fade
And leave the woodland world to sad decay.        25
    I know a way
Of coaxing snowflakes in their flight to stay
  So still awhile, that, as they hang in air,
  I weave them into frosty lace, to wear
About my head upon a sultry day.        30


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