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TO A SCARLET TANAGER, by            
First Line: O spark, you winged from secret woodland forges
Last Line: You gave the clue and we must find the rest.
Subject(s): Birds; Tanagers


O Spark, you winged from secret woodland forges
Where starry hammers beat a tune of dreams;
Their smoke hangs fragrant blue mist in the gorges,
Their pulse is throbbing wildly in the streams.
You are a presence from recurrent wonder
That patterns through the urge into the leaf.
On quivering flanks of the retreating thunder
Your notes turn banners, glorious and brief.
Brief like the rapture that this day uncloses,
O fitting song that sings long after still . . .
You show the path -- we seek the wild new roses,
You hint of distance -- and we climb the hill.
Against the woodland's haze your flaming breast!
You gave the clue and we must find the rest.





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