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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
By Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830–1894)
WISEST of sparrows that sparrow which sitteth alone
  Perch’d on the housetop, its own upper chamber, for nest;
Wisest of swallows that swallow which timely has flown
  Over the turbulent sea to the land of its rest:
  Wisest of sparrows and swallows, if I were as wise!        5
Wisest of spirits that spirit which dwelleth apart
  Hid in the Presence of God for a chapel and nest,
Sending a wish and a will and a passionate heart
  Over the eddy of life to that Presence in rest:
  Seated alone and in peace till God bids it arise.        10

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