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An Anthology in Eleven Volumes. 1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889


By Richard Henry Stoddard (1825–1903)

[From Poems. Complete Edition. 1880.]

BIRDS are singing round my window,

Tunes the sweetest ever heard,

And I hang my cage there daily,

But I never catch a bird.

So with thoughts my brain is peopled,

And they sing there all day long:

But they will not fold their pinions

In the little cage of Song!