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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1664. Prelude
 
By Josephine Preston Peabody
 
 
        WORDS, words,
        Ye are like birds.
    Would I might fold you,
    In my hands hold you
Till ye were warm and your feathers a-flutter;        5
    Till, in your throats,
    Tremulous notes
Foretold the songs ye would utter.
 
        Words, words,
        Ye are all birds!        10
    Would ye might linger
    Here on my finger,
Till I kissed each, and then sent you a-winging
    Wild, perfect flight,
    Through morn to night,        15
Singing and singing and singing!
 

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