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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889
 
To an Oriole
By Edgar Fawcett (1847–1904)
 
[Born in New York, N. Y., 1847. Died in London, England, 1904. Fantasy and Passion. 1878.—Song and Story. 1884.]

HOW falls it, oriole, thou hast come to fly
In tropic splendor through our Northern sky?
 
At some glad moment was it nature’s choice
To dower a scrap of sunset with a voice?
 
Or did some orange tulip, flaked with black,        5
In some forgotten garden, ages back,
 
Yearning toward Heaven until its wish was heard,
Desire unspeakably to be a bird?
 
 
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