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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
Songs of Greater Britain (1899)
III. The Skylark
By Cicely Fox-Smith (1882–1954)
WINGED seraph of the summer heaven,
  Whose wondrous rapture, wild and long,
A hundred bards in vain have striven
  To prison in a song!
How can they tell, with all their art,        5
  What passions make thy glad throat swell
That, throbbing at thy fiery heart,
  Thou feel’st but canst not tell?
How can we picture in our dreams
  The joys that thro’ thy pæan glow        10
That joy that soars so high it seems
  About to break in woe?
Sing on, wild bird, thy wild glad song
  That fills our eyes with sudden tears,
While back upon the fancy throng        15
  Memories of vanished years!
Sing on, sing on, for ever free!
  We cannot know what thou dost sing
And better it should ever be
  An undiscovered thing.        20

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