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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
Bird of the amber beak
Bird of the golden wing!
Thy dower is thy carolling;
    Thou hast not far to seek
    Thy bread, nor needest wine
To make thine utterance divine;
Thou art canopied and clothed
    And unto song betrothed!
In thy lone aërial cage
Thou hast thine ancient heritage;
There is no task-work on thee laid
But to rehearse the ditties thou hast made;
    Thou hast a lordly store,
And, though thou scatterest them free,
    Art richer than before,
      Holding in fee
    The glad domain of minstrelsy.
        Stedman.—The Songster.—A Midsummer Carol, Part II.

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