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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern British Poetry.  1920.
William H. Davies. 1870–
68. Days Too Short
WHEN primroses are out in Spring, 
  And small, blue violets come between; 
  When merry birds sing on boughs green, 
And rills, as soon as born, must sing; 
When butterflies will make side-leaps,         5
  As though escaped from Nature's hand 
  Ere perfect quite; and bees will stand 
Upon their heads in fragrant deeps; 
When small clouds are so silvery white 
  Each seems a broken rimmèd moon—  10
  When such things are, this world too soon, 
For me, doth wear the veil of Night. 

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