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AH, DID YOU ONCE see ShellEY PLAIN,

AND DID HE STOP AND SPEAK TO YOU, AND DID YOU SPEAK TO HIM AGAIN ?

HOW STRANGE IT SEEMS, AND NEW !

II.

BUT YOU WERE LIVING BEFORE THAT,

AND ALSO YOU ARE LIVING AFTER;
AND THE MEMORY I STARTED AT-
MY STARTING MOVES YOUR LAUGHTER!

III.

I CROSSED A MOOR, WITH A NAME OF ITS OWN,

AND A CERTAIN USE IN THE WORLD, NO DOUBT, YET A HAND'S-BREADTH OF IT SHINES ALONE 'MID THE BLANK MILES ROUND ABOUT :

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FOR THERE I PICKED UP ON THE HEATHER,

AND THERE I PUT INSIDE MY BREAST,

A MOULTED FEATHER, AN EAGLE FEATHER!
Well, I FORGET THE REST.

ROBERT BROWNING,

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