Verse > Anthologies > The World’s Best Poetry > Vol. V. Nature
Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume V. Nature.  1904.
VI. Animate Nature
The English Robin
Harrison Weir (1824–1906)
SEE yon robin on the spray;
  Look ye how his tiny form
Swells, as when his merry lay
  Gushes forth amid the storm.
Though the snow is falling fast,        5
  Specking o’er his coat with white,—
Though loud roars the chilly blast,
  And the evening ’s lost in night,—
Yet from out the darkness dreary
  Cometh still that cheerful note;        10
Praiseful aye, and never weary,
  Is that little warbling throat.
Thank him for his lesson’s sake,
  Thank God’s gentle minstrel there,
Who, when storms make others quake,        15
  Sings of days that brighter were.

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