Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, TO THE MOCKINGBIRD, by RICHARD HENRY WILDE

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TO THE MOCKINGBIRD, by                     Poet's Biography
First Line: Winged mimic of the woods! Thou motley fool
Last Line: And sighing for thy motley coat again.
Subject(s): Mockingbirds

WINGED mimic of the woods! thou motley fool!
Who shall thy gay buffoonery describe?
Thine ever ready notes of ridicule
Pursue thy fellows still with jest and gibe.
Wit, sophist, songster, Yorick of thy tribe,
Thou sportive satirist of Nature's school,
To thee the palm of scoffing we ascribe,
Arch-mocker and mad Abbot of Misrule!
For such thou art by day -- but all night long
Thou pourest a soft, sweet, pensive, solemn strain,
As if thou didst in this thy moonlight song
Like to the melancholy Jacques complain,
Musing on falsehood, folly, vice, and wrong,
And sighing for thy motley coat again.

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