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THE SWALLOW'S NOTE, by            
First Line: The swallow's cry that's so forlorn
Last Line: On the wild rose-bush, bare!
Subject(s): Swallows

THE swallow's cry that's so forlorn,
By thrush and blackbird overpowered,
Is like the hidden thorn
On the rose-bush, deep-bowered:

But when the song of every bird
Is hushed, in Summer's lull profound,
And all alone is heard
Its little poignant sound,

The piteous shrill of its sharp grief
Seems, in the silence of the air,
The thorn, without a leaf,
On the wild rose-bush, bare!

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