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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. VI–VIII: Literature of the Republic, Part III., 1835–1860
 
Birds
By Richard Henry Stoddard (1825–1903)
 
[From Poems. Complete Edition. 1880.]

BIRDS are singing round my window,
  Tunes the sweetest ever heard,
And I hang my cage there daily,
  But I never catch a bird.
 
So with thoughts my brain is peopled,        5
  And they sing there all day long:
But they will not fold their pinions
  In the little cage of Song!
 
 
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