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THE VEERY'S FLUTE, by                    
First Line: Clear from the tangled thicket, where a lone
Last Line: With the falling cadence of the veery's flute.
Subject(s): Flutes; Wellesley College

CLEAR from the tangled thicket, where a lone
Dogwood tosses its spendthrift bloom of white
Over the briar hedge, there wells a tone
Enfolding deep the mystery of the night.

Silvery links of song, -- each lyric ring
An elfin echo -- , widening, weave
A cool and liquid harmony, and fling
It forth to the stilled heart, this quiet eve.

O wondrous voice! Life's fateful things and old --
Joy, love, and loss, from out the immortal deep
To which our days return, awake and hold
Their way with me -- those days so long asleep.

Quiet and white the dreaming dogwood lies
Under the high May moon; sweet and mute
The first wild rose; hushed are the tears that rise
With the falling cadence of the Veery's flute.

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