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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
Song
 
Norman Gale (b. 1862)
 
 
WAIT but a little while—
  The bird will bring
A heart in tune for melodies
  Unto the spring,
Till he who ’s in the cedar there        5
Is moved to trill a song so rare,
And pipe her fair.
 
Wait but a little while—
  The bud will break;
The inner rose will open and glow        10
  For summer’s sake;
Fond bees will lodge within her breast
Till she herself is plucked and prest
Where I would rest.
 
Wait but a little while—        15
  The maid will grow
Gracious with lips and hands to thee,
  With breast of snow.
To-day Love ’s mute, but time hath sown
A soul in her to match thine own,        20
Though yet ungrown.
 

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