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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
Wisdom
By Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830–1894)
 
WISEST of sparrows that sparrow which sitteth alone
  Perch’d on the housetop, its own upper chamber, for nest;
Wisest of swallows that swallow which timely has flown
  Over the turbulent sea to the land of its rest:
  Wisest of sparrows and swallows, if I were as wise!        5
Wisest of spirits that spirit which dwelleth apart
  Hid in the Presence of God for a chapel and nest,
Sending a wish and a will and a passionate heart
  Over the eddy of life to that Presence in rest:
  Seated alone and in peace till God bids it arise.        10
 
 
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