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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1353. The First Song
 
By Richard Burton
 
 
A POET writ a song of May
  That checked his breath awhile;
He kept it for a summer day,
  Then spake with half a smile:
 
“Oh, little song of purity,        5
  Of mystic to-and-fro,
You are so much a part of me
  I dare not let you go.”
 
And so he made a sister-song
  With more of cunning art;        10
But held the first his whole life long
  Deep hidden in his heart.
 

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