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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1557. Flight
 
By Madison Cawein
 
 
THE SONG-BIRDS? are they flown away?
  The song-birds of the summer-time,
That sang their souls into the day,
  And set the laughing days to rhyme?—
No catbird scatters through the hush        5
  The sparkling crystals of its song;
Within the woods no hermit-thrush
  Trails an enchanted flute along,
A sweet assertion of the hush.
 
All day the crows fly cawing past;        10
  The acorns drop; the forests scowl;
At night I hear the bitter blast
  Hoot with the hooting of the owl.
The wild creeks freeze; the ways are strewn
  With leaves that rot: beneath the tree        15
The bird, that set its toil to tune,
  And made a home for melody,
Lies dead beneath the death-white moon.
 

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