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"I have heard the sunset song of the birches,"

"I have heard the sunset song of the birches,
A white melody in the silence,
I have seen a quarrel of the pines.
At nightfall
The little grasses have rushed by me
With the wind men.
These things have I lived," quoth the maniac,
"Possessing only eyes and ears.
But you —
You don green spectacles before you look at roses."
      When I am fast asleep,
Then tell my love the secret
      That I have died to keep.

This work was published before January 1, 1924, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.