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THE NIGHTINGALE, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Lone warbler! Thy love-melting heart supplies
Last Line: So kind and watchful is celestial love!
Alternate Author Name(s): Smith, Horatio
Subject(s): Birds; Love; Nightingales; Travel; Journeys; Trips

LONE warbler! thy love-melting heart supplies
The liquid music-fall, that from thy bill
Gushes in such ecstatic rhapsodies,
Drowning night's ear. Yet thine is but the skill
Of loftier love, that hung up in the skies
Those everlasting lamps, man's guide, until
Morning return, and bade fresh flowers arise,
Blooming by night, new fragrance to distil.
Why are these blessings lavished from above
On man, when his unconscious sense and sight
Are closed in sleep; but that the few who rove,
From want or woe, or travels urge by night,
May still have perfumes, music, flowers, and light;
So kind and watchful is celestial love!

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