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A night was near, a day was near;
    Between a day and night
I heard sweet voices calling clear,
        Calling me:
I heard a whirr of wing on wing,
    But could not see the sight;
I long to see my birds that sing,--
        I long to see.

Below the stars, beyond the moon,
    Between the night and day,
I heard a rising falling tune
        Calling me:
I long to see the pipes and strings
    Whereon such minstrels play;
I long to see each face that sings,--
        I long to see.

To-day or may be not to-day,
    To-night or not to-night;
All voices that command or pray,
        Calling me,
Shall kindle in my soul such fire,
    And in my eyes such light,
That I shall see that heart's desire
        I long to see.

       - Christina G. Rossetti

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