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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
416. A Song for the Asking
 
By Francis Orrery Ticknor
 
 
A SONG! What songs have died
  Upon the earth,
Voices of love and pride—
  Of tears and mirth?
Fading as hearts forget,        5
  As shadows flee!
Vain is the voice of song,
    And yet—
      I sing to thee!
 
A song! What ocean shell        10
  Were silent long,
If in thy touch might dwell
  Its all of song?
A song? Then near my heart
  Thy cheek must be,        15
For, like the shell, it sings—
    Sweet Heart—
      To thee, of thee!
 

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