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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
 
Wings of the Morning (1904)
II. An Angel Unawares
By Cicely Fox-Smith (1882–1954)
 
YE gave me of your broken meat
  And of your lees o’ wine,
That I should sit and sing for you
  All at your banquet fine.
 
Ye gave me shelter from the storm        5
  And straw to make my bed,
And let me sleep through the wild night
  With cattle in the shed.
 
Ye know not from what lordly feast
  Hither I come this night,        10
Nor to what lodging with the stars
  From hence I take my flight.
 
But there’s such wine that warms my blood
  As yet you never knew,
So that I heed not wet nor cold,        15
  Nor rags the winds blow through.
 
If I might sing the song I heard
  Ere I came to your door,
Ye should set down the brimming cup
  Nor heed the banquet more.        20
 
Ye may not hear the songs I hear,
  Nor share that feast o’ mine,
To whom ye gave your broken meat
  And of your lees o’ wine.
 
 
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