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George William (“A. E.”) Russell (1867–1935).  Collected Poems by A.E.  1913.
 
24. Rest
 
 
ON me to rest, my bird, my bird:
  The swaying branches of my heart
Are blown by every wind toward
  The home whereto their wings depart.
 
Build not your nest, my bird, on me;        5
  I know no peace but ever sway:
O lovely bird, be free, be free,
  On the wild music of the day.
 
But sometimes when your wings would rest,
  And winds are laid on quiet eves:        10
Come, I will bear you breast to breast,
  And lap you close with loving leaves.
 

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