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Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. (1869–1948).  The Little Book of Modern Verse.  1917.
37. The Secret
By George Edward Woodberry
NIGHTINGALES warble about it,
  All night under blossom and star;
The wild swan is dying without it,
  And the eagle crieth afar;
The sun he doth mount but to find it,        5
  Searching the green earth o’er;
But more doth a man’s heart mind it,
  Oh, more, more, more!
Over the gray leagues of ocean
  The infinite yearneth alone;        10
The forests with wandering emotion
  The thing they know not intone;
Creation arose but to see it,
  A million lamps in the blue;
But a lover he shall be it        15
  If one sweet maid is true.


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