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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
By Robert Browning (1812–1889)
    THIS is a spray the Bird clung to,
      Making it blossom with pleasure,
    Ere the high tree-top she sprung to,
      Fit for her nest and her treasure.
      O, what a hope beyond measure        5
Was the poor spray’s, which the flying feet hung to,—
So to be singled out, built in, and sung to!
    This is a heart the Queen leant on,
      Thrill’d in a minute erratic,
    Ere the true bosom she bent on,        10
      Meet for love’s regal dalmatic.
      O, what a fancy ecstatic
Was the poor heart’s, ere the wanderer went on—
Love to be saved for it, proffer’d to, spent on!

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