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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1665. Wood-Song
 
By Josephine Preston Peabody
 
 
LOVE must be a fearsome thing
  That can bind a maid
Glad of life as leaves in spring,
  Swift and unafraid.
 
I could find a heart to sing        5
    Death and darkness, praise or blame;
    But before that name,
    Heedfully, oh, heedfully
      Do I lock my breast;
    I am silent as a tree,        10
      Guardful of the nest.
 
Ah, my passing Woodlander,
  Heard you any note?
Would you find a leaf astir
  From a wilding throat?        15
 
Surely, all the paths defer
    Unto such a gentle quest.
    Would you take the nest?
    Follow where the sun-motes are!
      Truly ’t is a sorrow        20
    I must bid you fare so far;
      Speed you, and good-morrow!
 

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