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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
The Rainbird
By Bliss Carman
 
FAR off I hear a rainbird.
    Listen! How fine and clear
His plaintive voice comes ringing
    With rapture to the ear!
 
Over the misty wood-lots,        5
    Across the first spring heat,
Comes the enchanted cadence,
    So clear, so solemn-sweet.
 
How often I have hearkened
    To that high pealing strain,        10
Across the cedar barrens,
    Under the soft gray rain!
 
How often I have wondered,
    And longed in vain to know
The source of that enchantment—        15
    That touch of long ago!
 
O brother, who first taught thee
    To haunt the teeming spring
With that divine sad wisdom
    Which only age can bring?        20
 
 
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