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William Wilfred Campbell, comp.  The Oxford Book of Canadian Verse.  1913.
Along the Way
By John Stuart Thomson (1869–1950)
A SPARROW on a flow’ry hedge
  Melts all his soul in song,—the pledge
    Of the supernal year;
And purple morning-glories lift
To the sun’s rays a cooling gift        5
    Of nectar-wine for cheer.
  Like fields of wind-tossed stars, the marguerites
      Tremble in lone retreats.
      The briar roses pink
Invite the bee to musk dew-drink;        10
And thrushes in the dim wood sing
  Wild strains, with which the leafy coverts ring.
    On olive lily-pads the gold
    Of new-blown petals is unrolled,
  And bobolincolns trail along        15
    A tinkling chain of song.

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