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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
911. Hast Thou Heard the Nightingale?
 
By Richard Watson Gilder
 
 
YES, I have heard the nightingale.
    As in dark woods I wandered,
    And dreamed and pondered,
    A voice passed by all fire
    And passion and desire;        5
    I rather felt than heard
    The song of that lone bird:
Yes, I have heard the nightingale.
 
Yes, I have heard the nightingale.
    I heard it, and I followed;        10
    The warm night swallowed
    This soul and body of mine,
    As burning thirst takes wine,
    While on and on I pressed
    Close to that singing breast:        15
Yes, I have heard the nightingale.
 
Yes, I have heard the nightingale.
    Well doth each throbbing ember
    The flame remember;
    And I, how quick that sound        20
    Turned drops from a deep wound!
    How this heart was the thorn
    Which pierced that breast forlorn!
Yes, I have heard the nightingale.
 

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