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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
The Green River
By Alfred Douglas (1870–1945)
 
I KNOW a green grass path that leaves the field,
  And like a running river, winds along
  Into a leafy wood where is no throng
Of birds at noon-day, and no soft throats yield
Their music to the moon. The place is seal’d,        5
  An unclaim’d sovereignty of voiceless song,
  And all the unravish’d silences belong
To some sweet singer lost or unreveal’d.
 
So is my soul become a silent place.
  Oh may I wake from this uneasy night        10
    To find a voice of music manifold.
Let it be shape of sorrow with wan face,
  Or Love that swoons on sleep, or else delight
    That is as wide-eyed as a marigold.
 
 
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