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  • The Bird Let Loose

    From The Birmingham Age Herald, November 21, 1913. By Thomas More.

    The bird let loose in Eastern skies
        When hastening fondly home
    Ne’er stoops to earth her wing, nor flies
        Where idle warblers roam.
    But high she shoots through air and light
        Above all low delay,
    Where nothing earthly bounds her flight
        Nor shadow dims her way.

    So grant me, God, from every care
        And stain of passion free.
    Aloft, through Virtue’s purer air
        To hold my course to thee!
    No sin to cloud nor lure to stray
        My soul as home she springs;
    Thy sunshine on her joyful way,
        Thy freedom in her wings!