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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
The Elements
By William H. Davies (1871–1940)
 
NO house of stone
  Was built for me;
When the Sun shines—
  I am a bee.
 
No sooner comes        5
  The Rain so warm,
I come to light—
  I am a worm.
 
When the Winds blow,
  I do not strip,        10
But set my sails—
  I am a ship.
 
When Lightning comes,
  It plays with me
And I with it—        15
  I am a tree.
 
When drown’d men rise
  At Thunder’s word,
Sings Nightingale—
  I am a bird.        20
 
 
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