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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
 
O Birds that Flit by Ocean’s Rim
By Edward King (1848–1896)
 
[From Echoes from the Orient. 1880.]

O BIRDS that flit by ocean’s rim,
  And make your plaint to silent sky:
O waves that lap horizons dim,
  Ye shall be tranquil by and by!
 
O rose-tree giving petals fair        5
  In some lost garden lone to lie,
Weep not because your stems are bare;
  They shall reblossom by and by.
 
O singer, singing in the night,
  Turn not and curse the heavens and die;        10
Your heritage is peace and light—
  You shall be richer by and by!
 
 
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