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|White Bird of Love|
Little white bird of the summer sky,|
Silver against the golden sun,
Over the green of the hills you fly,
You and the sweet, wild air are one.
Glorious sights are in that far place|
Reached by your daisy-petal wing,
Rose-coloured meteors dive through space,
Stars made of molten music sing.
Still, though your quivering eager flight|
Reaches the groves by Heaven town,
Where all the angels cry out, “Alight!
Stop, little bird, come down, come down!”
Careless you speed over fields of stars,|
Darting through Heaven swift and free;
Nothing your arrowy passage bars
Back to the earth and back to me.
Here in the orchard of dream-fruit fair|
Out of my dreams is built your nest.
Blossoming dreams all the branches bear,
Fit for my silver dream-bird’s rest.
Here, since they love you, the young stars shine,|
Through the white petals come their beams.
Little white love-laden bird of mine,
Let them shine on you through my dreams.
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