James and Mary Ford, eds. Every Day in the Year. 1902.

November 2

To Jenny Lind

By Edmund Gosse (1849–1928)

  • A famous Swedish singer who died on Nov. 2, 1887.

  • THEY call thee Nightingale, who know thee not!

    But Philomel’s light voice within her tree

    Betrays an instinct of her transient lot;

    As flowers to gems are, so are birds to thee.