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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
A Myth
By Charles Kingsley (1819–1875)
 
A-FLOATING, a-floating
  Across the sleeping sea,
All night I heard a singing bird
  Upon the topmost tree.
 
“Oh, came you from the isles of Greece        5
  Or from the banks of Seine;
Or off some tree in forests free,
  Which fringe the western main?”
 
“I came not off the Old World,
  Nor yet from off the New;        10
But I am one of the birds of God
  Which sing the whole night through.”
 
“Oh, sing and wake the dawning—
  Oh, whistle for the wind:
The night is long, the current strong,        15
  My boat it lags behind.”
 
“The current sweeps the Old World,
  The current sweeps the New:
The wind will blow, the dawn will glow,
  Ere thou hast sailed them through.”        20
 
 
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