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AN INQUIRY INTO THE CAUSES AND PHENOMENA OF
THE RISE OF CLASSICAL POETRY IN ENGLAND

BY

EDMUND gOSSE

CLARK LECTURER IN ENGLISH LITERATURE AT THE UNIVERSITY
OF CAMBRIDGE

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TO W. D. HOWELLS.

THE humming-bird in June
Sits, like a jewel, on your taut clothes-line,
And greets Charles River broad and opaline,
Till wanes September's honeysuckle moon
Too soon ;

And then away he goes,
A flash of ruby on the southward air,
And comes no more, though still the straits are fair,
Where misty Cambridge from the Beacon shows
Pale rose;

But leaves a plume behind,
A little plume you fold into a book,
On which, one day, if you should chance to look,
Your tiny friend would rise, thro' storm and wind,
To mind.

The fluted conchs that came
Long since in Salem merchant-ships to town,
With polished porcelain lips and ridges brown,
Faint-perfumed from the isles of Eastern name
A-flame, —

These still, if shaken, give
From their deep hearts a murmur of the dome
Where once their soft inhabitants could roam,-
Sonorous seas where Indian monsters thrive
And strive ;

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