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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.
Bliss Carman. b. 1861
857. Why
FOR a name unknown, 
Whose fame unblown 
Sleeps in the hills 
  For ever and aye; 
For her who hears         5
The stir of the years 
Go by on the wind 
  By night and day; 
And heeds no thing 
Of the needs of spring,  10
Of autumn's wonder 
  Or winter's chill; 
For one who sees 
The great sun freeze, 
As he wanders a-cold  15
  From hill to hill; 
And all her heart 
Is a woven part 
Of the flurry and drift 
  Of whirling snow;  20
For the sake of two 
Sad eyes and true, 
And the old, old love 
  So long ago. 

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