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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
Song: ‘The feathers of the willow’
By Richard Watson Dixon (1833–1900)
THE FEATHERS of the willow
Are half of them grown yellow
  Above the swelling stream;
And ragged are the bushes,
And rusty now the rushes,        5
  And wild the clouded gleam.
The thistle now is older,
His stalks begin to moulder,
  His head is white as snow;
The branches all are barer,        10
The linnet’s song is rarer,
  The robin pipeth low.

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