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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
 
‘O Nightingale, Thou Surely Art’
By William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
 
O NIGHTINGALE! thou surely art
A Creature of a fiery heart:—
These notes of thine—they pierce and pierce;
Tumultuous harmony and fierce!
Thou sing’st as if the God of wine        5
Had helped thee to a Valentine;
A song in mockery and despite
Of shades, and dews, and silent night;
And steady bliss, and all the loves
Now sleeping in these peaceful groves.        10
 
I heard a Stock-dove sing or say
His homely tale, this very day;
His voice was buried among the trees,
Yet to be come at by the breeze;
He did not cease; but cooed—and cooed;        15
And somewhat pensively he wooed:
He sang of love, with quiet blending,
Slow to begin, and never ending;
Of serious faith, and inward glee;
That was the Song—the Song for me!        20
 
 
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