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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
A Light Load (1891)
II. Song: “Amid a Crown of Radiant Hills”
By Dollie Radford (1858–1920)
AMID a crown of radiant hills,
  A little wood with blossoms rare
Breathes sweetly, while the young lark trills
His new learnt melody and fills
        The fragrant air.        5
Among its boughs the fresh winds play,
  And, where the spreading branches part,
The sunlight drops from spray to spray,
And seeks the ferny streams which stray
        Within its heart.        10
And there the wild bee fills his cells,
  And murmurs through the golden hours,
And charmèd fancies and sweet spells,
Are woven in the tall blue-bells
        And cuckoo-flowers.        15
There many a mossy bank entwined
  With shining leaves awaits our choice,
Come swiftly love, my soul unbind
With thy dear looks, that it may find
        Its prisoned voice.        20

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