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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.
The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

Mary Newmarch Prescott (1849–1888)

The Oaten Pipe

WHEN the musical piping frogs

Begin to croak and chant

In the marshes, and in the bogs,

In many a sweet spring haunt,

I think of the legend hoary

Which little Dutch folk recite,—

How the nightingale’s soul, says the story,

Enters a frog in its flight.

And so, when I hear the weird catch

Where the frogs alone take part,

I fancy I sometimes snatch

A strain from the nightingale’s heart.