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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
1722. The Song
By John Erskine
A SONG lay silent in my pen
  Where yesterday I found it,
Right cozy in its gloomy den,
  With a melody wrapped round it.
Through all the years ’t was waiting so,        5
  To hear the summons of that minute;
I thought I loved the pen; but no!
  It was the song within it!
To-day my lady sang to me
  My song in sweetest fashion:        10
Unwrapped it from the melody
  In the radiance of its passion.
As one might see a blossom grow,
  Yet never see the sun above it,
I thought I loved the song; but no!        15
  It was her singing of it!


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