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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
Day and Night Songs
 
William Allingham (1824–89)
 
 
THESE little Songs,
Found here and there,
Floating in air
By forest and lea,
Or hill-side heather,        5
In houses and throngs,
Or down by the sea—
Have come together,
How, I can’t tell:
But I know full well        10
No witty goose-wing
On an inkstand begot ’em;
Remember each place
And moment of grace,
In summer or spring,        15
Winter or autumn,
By sun, moon, stars,
Or a coal in the bars,
In market or church,
Graveyard or dance,        20
When they came without search,
Were found as by chance.
A word, a line,
You may say are mine;
But the best in the songs,        25
Whatever it be,
To you, and to me,
And to no one belongs.
 

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