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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
I. “Sweet, soft and low”; or The Willow Warbler
By Richard Wilton (1827–1903)
SWEET, soft, and low, in wood and lane
  The Willow Warbler weaves its chain
  Of melody—a plaintive song
  That seems to breathe of ancient wrong
And dimly-recollected pain.        5
Its melting cadences retain
Your ear again and yet again,
  Through notes more clear and blithe and strong—
                    Sweet, soft, and low.
Thus after Life’s most happy strain        10
A minor music will remain,
  Recurring oft and lingering long,
  And heard the gayest scenes among;
Of lost joys hinting not in vain—
                    Sweet, soft, and low.        15

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