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Poem by Emily Jane Pfeiffer

To a Fledgling Robin

ROBIN, thou art too young as yet to wear
The badge of robinhood in full confest
The burning breast-plate on the conscious breast
And hast not learnt to build, to sing, or care;
Only to live, filled with the liberal air,
Which, when it gently breathed from south or west,
Found and o'erflowed thee in thy sheltered nest
To dwell as marrow in thy feathers fair.

I, weary thinker 'neath the aspen trees,
See thee win past me, lightsome as a bubble
No labouring bark, with purblind thought to steer it,
But a plumed will that rules with sovereign ease;
Approach, glad life, as free of doubt as trouble
I feel as if in presence of a spirit.

Emily Jane Pfeiffer

Emily Jane Pfeiffer's other poems:
  1. Shelley
  2. In the Riviera
  3. The Soudan
  4. The Lost Light
  5. Deaf

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