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William Wilfred Campbell, comp.  The Oxford Book of Canadian Verse.  1913.
 
Snowbirds
By Archibald Lampman (1861–1899)
 
ALONG the narrow sandy height
  I watch them swiftly come and go,
    Or round the leafless wood,
  Like flurries of wind-driven snow,
Revolving in perpetual flight,        5
    A changing multitude.
 
Nearer and nearer still they sway,
  And, scattering in a circled sweep,
    Rush down without a sound;
  And now I see them peer and peep,        10
Across yon level bleak and grey,
    Searching the frozen ground—
 
Until a little wind upheaves
  And makes a sudden rustling there,
    And then they drop their play,        15
  Flash up into the sunless air,
And, like a flight of silver leaves,
    Swirl round and sweep away.
 
 
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