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Short poem

George Meredith (1828-1909)

Song in the Songless

              1They have no song, the sedges dry,
              2      And still they sing.
              3It is within my breast they sing,
              4      As I pass by.
              5Within my breast they touch a string,
              6      They wake a sigh.
              7There is but sound of sedges dry;
              8      In me they sing.

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Littell's Living Age (Sept. 1900). P LE L ROBA.
First publication date: 1900
Publication date note: Reprinted in George Meredith, A Reading of Life (Westminster: A. Constable, 1901). PR 5008 R4 ROBA
RPO poem editor: H. Kerpneck
RP edition: 3RP 3.300.
Recent editing: 2:2002/1/30

Rhyme: abbabaab

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