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Higginson and Bigelow, comps.  American Sonnets.  1891.
A Green Heron
By Maurice Thompson (1844–1901)
WHERE a bright creek into the river’s side
Shoots its keen arrow, a green heron sits,
Watching the sunfish as it gleaming flits
From sheen to shade. He sees the turtle glide
Through the clear spaces of the rhythmic stream,        5
Like some weird fancy through a poet’s dream;
He turns his golden eyes from side to side,
In very gladness that he is not dead,
While the swift wind-stream ripples overhead
And the creek’s wavelets babble underneath!        10
O Bird! that in a cheerful gloom dost live,
Thou art, to me, a type of happy death;
For when thou fliest away no mate will grieve
Because a lone, strange spirit vanisheth!

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