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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
The Bubble
By William Allingham (1824–1889)
 
From ‘Ballads and Songs’

SEE the pretty planet!
      Floating sphere!
Faintest breeze will fan it
      Far or near;
 
World as light as feather;        5
      Moonshine rays,
Rainbow tints together,
      As it plays.
 
Drooping, sinking, failing,
      Nigh to earth,        10
Mounting, whirling, sailing,
      Full of mirth;
 
Life there, welling, flowing,
      Waving round;
Pictures coming, going,        15
      Without sound.
 
Quick now, be this airy
      Globe repelled!
Never can the fairy
      Star be held.        20
 
Touched—it in a twinkle
      Disappears!
Leaving but a sprinkle,
      As of tears.
 
 
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