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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1593. The Flight of the Heart
 
By Dora Read Goodale
 
 
THE HEART soars up like a bird
  From a nest of care;
Up, up to a larger sky,
  To a softer air.
No eye can measure its flight        5
  And no hand can tame;
It mounts in beauty and light,
  In music and flame.
Of all the changes of Time
  There is none like this;        10
The heart soars up like a bird
  At the stroke of bliss.
 
The heart soars up like a bird,
  But its wings soon tire;
Enough of rapture and song,        15
  The cloud and the fire!
Its look, the look of a king—
  Of a slave, its birth,
The poor, tired, impotent thing
  Sinks back to the earth.        20
And the mother spreads her lap,
  And she lulls its pain:
“Oh, thou who sighed for the sun,
  Art thou mine again?”
 

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