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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
 
Cuckoo Songs (1894)
I. God’s Bird
By Katharine Tynan Hinkson (1861–1931)
 
NAY, not Thine eagle, Lord;
  No golden eagle I,
That creep half-fainting on the sward
  And have not wings to fly.
 
Nor yet Thy swallow dear,        5
  That, faring home to Thee,
Looks on the storm and hath no fear
  And broods above the sea.
 
Nor yet Thy tender dove,
  Meek as Thyself, Thou Lamb!        10
I would I were the dove, Thy love,
  And not the thing I am!
 
But take me in Thy hand
  To be Thy sparrow, then;
Were two sparrows in Holy Land,        15
  One farthing bought the twain.
 
Make me Thy sparrow, then,
  That trembles in Thy hold;
And who shall pluck me out again
  And cast me in the cold?        20
 
But if I fall at last,
  A thing of little price,
If Thou one thought on me hast cast,
  Lo, then my paradise!
 
 
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