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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908). A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895. 1895.

Sir Henry Taylor 1800–86

Aretina’s Song

I ’M a bird that ’s free

Of the land and sea,

I wander whither I will;

But oft on the wing,

I falter and sing,

Oh, fluttering heart, be still, Be still,

Oh, fluttering heart, be still!

I ’m wild as the wind,

But soft and kind,

And wander whither I may;

The eyebright sighs,

And says with its eyes,

Thou wandering wind, oh stay, Oh stay,

Thou wandering wind, oh stay!

A Sicilian Summer.