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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
 
Clycine’s Song
By Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834)
 
A SUNNY shaft did I behold,
  From sky to earth it slanted:
And poised therein a bird so bold—
  Sweet bird, thou wert enchanted!
 
He sunk, he rose, he twinkled, he troll’d        5
  Within that shaft of sunny mist;
His eyes of fire, his beak of gold,
  All else of amethyst!
 
And thus he sang: ‘Adieu! adieu!
Love’s dreams prove seldom true.        10
The blossoms they make no delay:
The sparkling dew-drops will not stay.
    Sweet month of May,
        We must away;
        Far, far away!        15
            To-day! to-day!’
 
 
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