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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
On a Nightingale in April
By Fiona MacLeod (William Sharp) (1855–1905)
 
THE YELLOW moon is a dancing phantom
  Down secret ways of the flowing shade;
And the waveless stream has a murmuring whisper
      Where the alders wade.
 
Not a breath, not a sigh, save the slow stream’s whisper:        5
  Only the moon is a dancing blade
That leads a host of the Crescent warriors
      To a phantom raid.
 
Out of the lands of Faerie a summons,
  A long strange cry that thrills thro’ the glade:—        10
The grey-green glooms of the elm are stirring,
      Newly afraid.
 
Last heard, white music, under the olives
  Where once Theocritus sang and play’d—
Thy Thracian song is the old new wonder—        15
      O moon-white maid!
 
 
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