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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. V. Browning to Rupert Brooke
‘Bright is the Ring of Words’
By Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894)
BRIGHT is the ring of words
  When the right man rings them,
Fair the fall of songs
  When the singer sings them.
Still they are carolled and said—        5
  On wings they are carried—
After the singer is dead
  And the maker buried.
Low as the singer lies
  In the field of heather,        10
Songs of his fashion bring
  The swains together.
And when the west is red
  With the sunset embers,
The lover lingers and sings        15
  And the maid remembers.

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