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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
The Nightingale
By James Thomson (1700–1748)
OFT when, returning with her loaded bill,
Th’ astonish’d mother finds a vacant nest,
By the hard hand of unrelenting clown
Robb’d; to the ground the vain provision falls;
Her pinions ruffle, and low-drooping scarce        5
Can bear the mourner to the poplar shade;
Where, all abandoned to despair, she sings
Her sorrows thro’ the night; and on the bough
Sole-sitting, still at every dying fall
Takes up again her lamentable strain        10
Of winding woe, till, wide around, the woods
Sigh to her song, and with her wail resound.
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