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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
Song: ‘The bee to the heather’
By Sir Henry Taylor (1800–1886)
 
THE BEE to the heather,
  The lark to the sky,
The roe to the greenwood,
  And whither shall I?
 
O, Alice! Ah, Alice!        5
  So sweet to the bee
Are the moorland and heather
  By Cannock and Leigh!
 
O, Alice! Ah, Alice!
  O’er Teddesley Park        10
The sunny sky scatters
  The notes of the lark!
 
O, Alice! Ah, Alice!
  In Beaudesert glade
The roes toss their antlers        15
  For joy of the shade!—
 
But Alice, dear Alice!
  Glade, moorland, nor sky
Without you can content me—
  And whither shall I?        20
 
 
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