Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, ORIOLE AND POET, by ROBERT UNDERWOOD JOHNSON

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First Line: Little bird of the bruised wing
Last Line: Thy sorrow shall teach me how to sing.
Subject(s): Orioles

LITTLE bird of the bruised wing,
Swept to the shelter of my door,
Torn is thy nest in the willow swing.
Hast thou forgotten how to sing?
Shall thy flash be seen in the green no more?

Come, let me bind up the bruised wing.
At my open cage-door linger long.
And if for a while near the willow swing
There be one bird less, there'll be no less song:
Thy sorrow shall teach me how to sing.

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