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First Line: High on a gnarled and mossy forest bough
Last Line: She hath thy secret, and will guard it well!
Alternate Author Name(s): Gilbert, Lady


HIGH on a gnarled and mossy forest bough,
Dreaming, I hang between the earth and sky,
The golden moon through leafy mystery
Gazing aslant at me with glowing brow.
And since all living creatures slumber now,
O nightingale, save only thou and I,
Tell me the secret of thine ecstacy,
That none may know save only I and thou.

Alas, all vainly doth my heart entreat;
Thy magic pipe unfolds but to the moon
What wonders thee in faëry worlds befell:
To her is sung thy midnight music sweet,
And ere she wearies of thy mellow tune,
She hath thy secret, and will guard it well!





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