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THE WOLF, THE HORNET, AND THE NIGHTINGALE, by            
First Line: A wolf, a hornet, and a nightingale
Last Line: Slaying the rapturous song-bird on the wing!
Subject(s): Birds; Hearts; Hornets; Nightingales; Thought; Wolves; Thinking


A wolf, a hornet, and a nightingale
Are locked in separate cages of my heart.
At times the insect strikes with poison dart,
The beast complains with melancholy wail.
At times the songster strives without avail
To voice high numbers of impassioned art,
But ever, though serene she broods apart,
Low brutish grumblings make her faint and quail.

Oh, how to drive the wolf from out his den,
To halt the hornet's tantalizing sting,
And make the bright musician soar and sing?
Ah, how? I cannot say! I know not when
The bestial powers unseen will rise again,
Slaying the rapturous song-bird on the wing!





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