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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1262. Quatrains
 
By William Hamilton Hayne
 
 
MOONLIGHT SONG OF THE MOCKING-BIRD

EACH golden note of music greets
The listening leaves, divinely stirred,
As if the vanished soul of Keats
Had found its new birth in a bird.
 
NIGHT MISTS

SOMETIMES, when Nature falls asleep,
        5
  Around her woods and streams
The mists of night serenely creep—
  For they are Nature’s dreams.
 
AN AUTUMN BREEZE

THIS gentle and half melancholy breeze
Is but a wandering Hamlet of the trees,        10
Who finds a tongue in every lingering leaf
To voice some subtlety of sylvan grief.
 
EXILES

HOPES grimly banished from the heart
Are the sad exiles that depart
To melancholy’s rayless goal,—        15
A bleak Siberia of the soul.
 

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