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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern British Poetry.  1920.
 
William Ernest Henley. 1849–1903
 
8. The Blackbird
 
THE nightingale has a lyre of gold, 
    The lark's is a clarion call, 
And the blackbird plays but a boxwood flute, 
    But I love him best of all. 
  
For his song is all of the joy of life,         5
    And we in the mad, spring weather, 
We two have listened till he sang 
    Our hearts and lips together. 
 
 
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