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Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. (1869–1948).  The Little Book of Modern Verse.  1917.
 
14. 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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