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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
I. The Robin
By Jones Very (1813–1880)
THOU need’st not flutter from thy half-built nest,
Whene’er thou hear’st man’s hurrying feet go by,
Fearing his eye for harm may on thee rest,
Or he thy young unfinished cottage spy;
All will not heed thee on that swinging bough,        5
Nor care that round thy shelter spring the leaves,
Nor watch thee on the pool’s wet margin now,
For clay to plaster straws thy cunning weaves;
All will not hear thy sweet outpouring joy,
That with morn’s stillness blends the voice of song;        10
For over-anxious cares their souls employ,
That else upon thy music borne along,
And the light wings of heart-ascending prayer,
Had learned that Heaven is pleased thy simple joys to share.

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