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First Line: Since I have seen a bird one day
Last Line: The last strong rival for his food.
Alternate Author Name(s): Davies, W. H.
Subject(s): Truth

SINCE I have seen a bird one day,
His head pecked more than half-away;
That hopped about, with but one eye,
Ready to fight again, and die --
Ofttimes since then their private lives
Have spoilt that joy their music gives.

So when I see this robin now,
Like a red apple on the bough,
And question why he sings so strong,
For love, or for the love of song;
Or sings, maybe, for that sweet rill
Whose silver tongue is never still --

Ah, now there comes this thought unkind,
Born of the knowledge in my mind:
He sings in triumph that last night
He killed his father in a fight;
And now he'll take his mother's blood --
The last strong rival for his food.

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