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   English Poetry I: From Chaucer to Gray.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
188. Call for the Robin-Redbreast
 
John Webster (1580(?)–1625(?))
 
 
CALL for the robin-redbreast and the wren,
Since o’er shady groves they hover
And with leaves and flowers do cover
The friendless bodies of unburied men.
Call unto his funeral dole        5
The ant, the field-mouse, and the mole
To rear him hillocks that shall keep him warm
And (when gay tombs are robb’d) sustain no harm;
But keep the wolf far thence, that’s foe to men,
For with his nails he’ll dig them up again.        10
 

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