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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
November’s Cadence
 
Earl of Southesk (Sir James Carnegie) (b. 1827)
 
 
THE BEES about the Linden-tree,
When blithely summer blooms were springing,
Would hum a heartsome melody,
The simple baby-soul of singing;
And thus my spirit sang to me        5
When youth its wanton way was winging:
  “Be glad, be sad—thou hast the choice—
  But mingle with music in thy voice.”
 
The linnets on the Linden-tree,
Among the leaves in autumn dying,        10
Are making gentle melody,
A mild, mysterious, mournful sighing;
And thus my spirit sings to me
While years are flying, flying, flying:
  “Be sad, be sad, thou hast no choice,        15
  But mourn with music in the voice.”
 

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