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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
935. An Early Bluebird
 
By Maurice Thompson
 
 
LEAP to the highest height of spring,
  And trill thy sweetest note,
Bird of the heavenly plumes and twinkling wing
  And silver-tonëd throat!
 
Sing, while the maple’s deepest root        5
  Thrills with a pulse of fire
That lights its buds. Blow, blow thy tender flute,
  Thy reed of rich desire!
 
Breathe in thy syrinx Freedom’s breath,
  Quaver the fresh and true,        10
Dispel this lingering wintry mist of death
  And charm the world anew!
 
Thou first sky-dipped spring-bud of song,
  Whose heavenly ecstasy
Foretells the May while yet March winds are strong,        15
  Fresh faith appears with thee!
 
How sweet, how magically rich,
  Through filmy splendor blown,
Thy hopeful voice set to the promise-pitch
  Of melody yet unknown!        20
 
O land of mine (where hope can grow
  And send a deeper root
With every spring), hear, heed the free bird blow
  Hope’s charmëd flute!
 
Ah! who will hear, and who will care,        25
  And who will heed thy song,
As prophecy, as hope, as promise rare,
  Budding to bloom ere long?
 
From swelling bulbs and sprouting seed,
  Sweet sap and fragrant dew,        30
And human hearts, grown doubly warm at need,
  Leaps answer strong and true:
 
We see, we hear (thou liberty-loving thing,
  That down spring winds doth float),
The promise of thine empyrean wing,        35
  The hope that floods thy throat!
 

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